Marvell, a provider of data infrastructure semiconductor solutions, has announced an extension of its long term partnership with TSMC, the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, to deliver a comprehensive silicon portfolio for the data infrastructure market leveraging the industry’s most advanced 5 nanometer (nm) process technology.
Next-generation infrastructure has never been more critical to the global economy. It’s what’s keeping the world connected, businesses running and information flowing. With this collaboration, Marvell and TSMC are advancing the essential technology underpinning this infrastructure to provide the storage, bandwidth, speed, and intelligence that tomorrow’s digital economy demands – with the added customer benefit of significant energy efficiency. Built in partnership with TSMC on the most advanced process technology currently in volume production, Marvell’s new 5nm portfolio will enable leading-edge silicon innovation for the infrastructure market.
Marvell’s breakthrough 5nm portfolio will provide the essential high-performance compute, networking and security technology required to advance infrastructure development for a multitude of end-market applications. Marvell’s Ethernet connectivity solutions enable high-performance, low-power network connectivity, optimised for applications that span cloud data centres to the harsh environment of the automotive market. Marvell’s OCTEON platform is the industry’s leading Arm-based high-performance compute architecture for embedded infrastructure applications targeting a wide variety of wired and wireless networking equipment including switches, routers, secure gateways, firewalls, and network monitoring solutions. OCTEON is the world’s most widely deployed data processing unit (DPU) for data-centre scale computing and enables a multitude of acceleration and offload capabilities, including Smart NICs and security accelerators. Featuring optimised and customised 5G processing and baseband capabilities, Marvell’s OCTEON Fusion platform is pushing the boundaries of wireless network infrastructure.
With multiple designs already under contract for its 5nm portfolio, Marvell is developing solutions across the carrier, enterprise, automotive, and data centre markets with first products sampling by the end of next year. This marks a significant milestone for the infrastructure industry as the process node cadence now closely follows that of the consumer and high-performance market. This joint development positions Marvell for multi-generational leadership in data infrastructure technology. These advanced systems based on Marvell’s leading technology platform will set a new bar for power and performance for the industry.
Behind Marvell’s entire 5nm solution set is the company’s IP portfolio that covers the full spectrum of infrastructure requirements including high-speed SerDes up to 112Gbps long-reach, processor subsystems, encryption engines, system-on-chip fabrics, chip-to-chip interconnects, and a variety of physical layer interfaces. These technologies and more are all in development now on TSMC’s N5P process, an enhanced version of TSMC’s 5nm technology which delivers approximately 20% faster speed or 40% power reduction compared to the previous 7nm generation.
This rich collaboration between the two companies extends beyond 5nm to provide a reliable and long-term roadmap for Marvell’s customers.
“We are proud to partner with Marvell to serve the data infrastructure market with cutting-edge silicon, and are committed to supporting their growing needs in development, quality, supply and capacity,” said Dr. Kevin Zhang, Senior Vice President of Business Development at TSMC. “In the 5G era, more applications than ever are demanding the most advanced silicon technology we can provide. We look forward to collaborating with Marvell to meet these demands with our combined design and process expertise and extend our long history of partnership to the 5nm generation and beyond.”