Marvell broadens its 32-bit and 64-bit Armada SoC line of embedded processors



Marvell has announced its 32-bit and 64-bit Armada system-on-chip (SoC) ecosystem of software solutions and partners for a variety of applications. Marvell’s expanded, rich ecosystem brings strong support and commitment to the open source community with software offerings including mainline Linux kernel and mainline U-Boot on publicly available community hardware platforms.

Marvell’s expansion of its 32-bit and 64-bit Armada SoC software ecosystem with OpenDataPlane (ODP), OpenFastPath (OFP), UEFI, openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Yocto Project, OpenWrt and carrier grade operating systems demonstrates Marvell’s commitment to supporting its customers’ requirements to bring new products to market faster.

The 32-bit and 64-bit SoC line, pairs with the company’s software offering and integration with publicly available hardware platforms, is designed to enable development of a variety of wired and wireless networking solutions. Customers can already leverage the Armada SoC ecosystem on Marvell’s proven Armada 38x family, and will benefit from the expanded ecosystem of 64-bit ARM v8 powered Armada 3700 Cortex-A53 device line and Armada 7K and Armada 8K Cortex-A72 device families based on the MoChi and FLC architecture.

With the Armada 38x line, users get access to Marvell Linux SDK; Marvell ADP software stack; Marvell MMP software stack; Marvell In-House JTAG debugger; and Lauterbach JTAG debugger. Community open source software that includes mainline Linux kernel, mainline U-Boot, OpenWrt and FreeBSD, with available open source software that includes OpenWrt 14.07 and Yocto 1.6; and openSUSE.

The line also comes with carrier grade operating systems that include MontaVista CGE7 Linux and Wind River Linux; commercial Linux solutions that include operating systems with Embedded Linux and TimeSys LinuxLink.

The Armada SoC family delivers a new level of performance, integration and efficiency to high-volume enterprise applications including control plane CPUs, IP appliances, storage edge, routers, security appliances, small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) routers, network attached storage (NAS), home gateways, IoT hubs, wireless routers, Wi-Fi access points (WAP), surveillance video recorders and high-performance networking products.

The 64-bit ARMv8 powered Armada 3700 Cortex-A53 device family and Armada 7K and Armada 8K Cortex-A72 device families based on MoChi and FLC architecture provide a new level of performance and power optimized devices.

Marvell’s Armada SoC family is complemented by several software and hardware partners including Aricent, Avnet Memec – Silica, DENX, Enea, Free Electrons, Globalscale Technologies, Lauterbach, Media5, MontaVista, O.S. Systems, Sartura, Semihalf, SolidRun, StreamUnlimited, SUSE, Timesys, Trend Micro, Volansys and Wind River.

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