【Computex 2014】Marvell Sets its Sights on Internet of Things (IoT), Introduces WI-FI, Bluetooth, and Zigbee Solutions

5 Jun

The era of the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to bring significant changes to the IT industry. Even though the technology has yet to be fully adopted in the consumer markets, a lot of efforts are still being made by traditional manufacturers to move towards IoT. Marvell, a manufacturer with a strong reputation in the IC field, is already in the process of creating IoT based controllers and memory platforms that are intended to be released in the near future.

Despite generating the majority of its revenues from memory controllers, a lot of Marvell’s recent focus has been placed on mobile device processors. Not long ago, the company managed to secure an agreement to supply its latest chip solutions to Coopad, which is known to be one of the largest and most successful smartphone companies in China.

The three major wireless formats that are currently supported by Marvell’s IoT controllers include MW 300 Wi-Fi, MB300 Bluetooth, and MZ100 Zigbee. The purpose behind offering three distinctive wireless formats, the company’s spokesperson notes, is to provide IoT clients with the option of choosing a controller that best suits their needs.

Other than traditional Bluetooth, it is believed IoT will eventually incorporate the Wi-Fi and relatively lesser known Zigbee standards on a larger scale. Whether this will eventually benefit Marvell and other early IoT adopters out there would be interesting to see.