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Marvell launches family of embedded chips and SoC for IoT

William Payne
June 2, 2016
Santa Clara based connectivity and semiconductor specialist Marvell Technology has launched a family of IoT application processors for home automation, industrial, and wearable applications. The processors are designed for low power, low cost IoT applications and include purpose-built SoC for IoT.

Featuring features an ARM Cortex-A7 dual core processor, Marvell's IAP220 SoC includes 3D graphics engine, display controllers, digital video camera interface, and video encoder and decoder.

The company says that the IAP220 is aimed at home automation products with a touchscreen and high-level OS, such as smart appliances and security systems, context-aware IoT devices in industrial automation and smart energy management, and IoT products that operate for long periods of time on the same battery, such as smart watches, fitness bands and other Internet-connected wearable devices with small footprints.

Marvell offers an IoT application software framework, Kinoma. This supports rapid prototyping and integrates with cloud services such as Amazon Web Services, Amazon Alexa Voice Services, Microsoft Azure and IBM Bluemix, and IoT frameworks such as Google BrilloTM and Apple HomeKit.

"Marvell's new IoT Application Processor suite, including the IAP220 SoC purpose-built for embedded devices which complements our current shipping IAP140 SoC, expands the company's industry-leading connectivity portfolio and anticipates the needs of customers bringing the next wave of IoT products to market," said Philip Poulidis, Vice President and General Manager, Automotive, Wireless and Internet of Things Business Units at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. "Our IAP220 SoC provides full multimedia support, an integrated sensor hub, and a comprehensive 'silicon and software' solution for developing super-low-power Internet-connected devices with bandwidth-hungry applications."

"As manufacturers develop more feature-rich and increasingly compact connected devices and wearables, demand is rising for power-efficient application processors," said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst of The Linley Group. "Marvell's highly integrated IAP processors and software stack provide OEMs with a comprehensive solution for IoT systems, allowing them to quickly develop innovative products while minimizing the number of components."