Marvell reveals Plug Computer 3.0 at CES

Posted on Wednesday, January 06 2010 @ 1:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Marvell will show off the Plug Computer 3.0 at CES 2010, this is a compact Linux-based development platform for building embedded devices. It features the Marvell Armada 300 2GHz processor, WiFi, Bluetooth and a built-in hard drive.
Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, today unveiled Plug Computer 3.0 - a new always-on, always connected turnkey platform designed to power the next generation intelligent applications and services for the home and office. The new embedded Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and built-in hard drive extend the use of Plug Computer into new applications including management of medical and financial records as well as a command post for the smart home - allowing for remote management of lights, thermostat and irrigation systems.

Equipped with the recently announced MarvellĀ® ARMADA(TM) 300 processor, Plug Computer 3.0 offers 2 GHz of processing performance yet maintains a very low-power footprint - making Plug Computers more powerful, eco-friendly and efficient to enable development of plug 'n' play next generation consumer devices with zero configuration. From streaming the latest winter vacation video to a connected TV in the bedroom, to enjoying favorite music on a Wi-Fi enabled receiver in the living room, Plug Computer 3.0 makes enjoying media on intelligent devices throughout the home easier and on-the-go more enjoyable than before.

"With unprecedented integration and very low power design, Plug Computer 3.0 offers a powerful, yet compact, and green development platform to accelerate the development and availability of innovative software and services in the home," said Dr. Simon Milner, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Business Unit, Communications and Consumer Group at Marvell. "Following the shipment of more than 10,000 SheevaPlug(TM) development kits to date, we're confident that this will be a transformational year, where innovative concepts organically fuel a new generation of rich applications to go hand-in-hand with the always-on lifestyle."

The release of Plug Computer 3.0 opens up additional applications and usage in key new markets:

* Smart Grid
* Home Automation
* Medical Monitoring
* Multimedia Content Sharing
* Security and Access Control
* Industrial Automation
* Agricultural
* Mesh and Grid Computing

The Plug Computer 3.0 development kits will be available through Plug Computer vendors such as Globalscale Technologies Inc, Ionics EMS, and Universal Scientific Industries Co.

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