Marvell Offers Complete End to End for Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Posted on: 4 October 2015
  • By: chw staff

IoT (Internet of Things) is one of the most exciting things in technology at the moment and Marvell is positioning itself to provide the necessary solutions for OEMs to capitalise on this growing market.  Marvell said they have a number of chips and reference designs with the necessary software that takes manufactures from quick prototyping to production in a short time.

kinomaThe Kinoma development platform is one of Marvell’s tools for the development of IoT connected devices. The Kinoma Create is JavaScript powered, and offers an integrated development framework for hardware and software. Marvell said they have invested over a decade of research and development in creating KinomaJS platform. The platform gives developers all the development tools to create today’s connected solutions.

The EZ-Connect is another of Marvell’s IoT platform with silicon and software for manufacturers that want to make their devices IoT ready.  The EZ-Connect chipset and SDK (Software Development Kit) includes support for Apple Homekit low power Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee.

The EZ-Connect SDK support for Apple Homekit framework includes the 88WC200 microcontroller and the Avastar 88W8801 Wi-Fi system-on-chip.  They feature a powerful Cortex-M3 chip that provide the essential pieces for enabling Homkit solutions.

The SDK greatly simplifies the development of HomeKit accessories. Hardware manufacturers using Marvell’s SDK for HomeKit benefit from the complete, support implementation of the Homekit framework and are able to save months of development effort and can instead focus their effort on innovative product features of providing great user experiences.

For better support for Zigbee, Marvell offers the 88MZ300 802.15, Zigbee wireless system-on-chip (SoC), an uprade to the 88MZ100 microcontroller.  The 88MZ300 is Zigbee 3.0 ready and offers support for other open standards such as Thread protocol. It’s a higher performance chip yet it consumes 50 percent less energy than its predecessor 88MZ100.

Another of Marvell Internet of Things solution includes the ARMADA and Avastar family of wireless processors, which include 802.11ac and 802.11n processors.  Both chips provide connectivity solution for a range of IoT solutions including in-vehicle infotainment and communication.

The ARMADA mobile PXA1801 multi-mode 4G LTE modem was selected by Alp Electric for their UMDZ series of in-vehicle communication module.  The Swisscom Android IPTV set-top box is powered by Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 Plus system-on- chip platform for rich media content and its wireless connectivity is powered by The Avastar  88W8897 Wi-Fi processor.

To top it off Marvell offers the Smart Home Cloud Center, a highly integrated and customisable turnkey platform for OEMs, cloud service providers and telecom carriers.  The service allows service providers to offer complete connected lifestyle package with the option to store digital content in the cloud, home automation services and access to digital home entertainment anywhere, anytime and on any device.