Marvell Technology Group

Marvell Technology Group is a Bermudan-domiciled semiconductor company. Founded in 1995, the company now has more than 6,000 employees[3] and 10,000 patents worldwide and annual revenue of $2.9 billion (FY19). Its U.S. headquarters is located in Santa Clara, CA.

Marvell Technology Group, Ltd.
Russell 1000 Component
ISINBMG5876H1051 Edit this on Wikidata
Founded1995; 25 years ago (1995)
FounderSehat Sutardja, Weili Dai, and Pantas Sutardja, Miroslav
Key people
  • Richard S. Hill, (Chairman)
  • Matthew Murphy (President and CEO)
  • Jean X. Hu (CFO)
ProductsIntegrated circuits
RevenueIncreaseUS$2.866 billion (2019) [1]
IncreaseUS$179 million (2019) [1]
Total assetsIncreaseUS$10.02 billion (2019) [1]
Total equityIncreaseUS$7.31 billion (2019) [1]
Number of employees
5200+ (2019)[2]
Marvell's development center in Petah Tikva, Israel


Marvell was founded in 1995 by Dr. Sehat Sutardja, his wife Weili Dai, and brother Pantas Sutardja. The initial public offering on June 27, 2000 (near the end of the dot-com bubble) raised $90 million.

In April 2016, CEO Sehat Sutardja and President Weili Dai were ousted from their posts after activist investor Starboard Value fund took a roughly 7 percent stake in the company.[4]

In July 2016, Marvell appointed Matt Murphy[5] as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. He worked previously for 22 years at Maxim Integrated, most recently as EVP, Business Units, Sales & Marketing. He currently also serves on the board of directors of eBay, the Semiconductor Industry Association, and the Global Semiconductor Alliance.

On July 6, 2018, Marvell completed its acquisition of Cavium[6], Inc. On the same day, it announced the appointment of Syed Ali (co-founder of Cavium, Inc., and previously the company's president and CEO), Brad Buss (director of Cavium, Inc.) and Edward Frank (director of Cavium, Inc.) to the Marvell Board of Directors.[7]

In September 2019, Marvell completed the acquisition of Aquantia[8], Corp. As part of the acquisition, Faraj Aalaei, formerly Aquantia's Chairman and CEO, joined Marvell as a senior executive.


Through the years, Marvell acquired smaller companies to enter new markets.

Date Acquired company Expertise Cost
October 2000 Galileo Technology Ethernet switches, system controllers $2700M in stock[9]
June 2002 SysKonnect PC networking[10]
February 2003 Radlan Embedded networking software $49.7M[11]
August 2005 Hard disk controller division of Qlogic Hard disk & tape drive controllers $180M in cash + $45M in stock[12]
December 2005 SOC division of UTStarcom Wireless communications (3G) $24M in cash[13]
February 2006 Printer ASIC business of Avago Printer ASICs $240M in cash[14][15]
July 2006 XScale product line from Intel Communications processors and SOCs $600M in cash[16]
January 2008 PicoMobile Networks Communication software for IWLAN and IMS[17]
August 2010 Diseño de Sistemas en Silicio S.A. ("DS2") Spanish company, PLC communication ICs[18]
January 2012 Xelerated Network Processors[19][20]
July 6, 2018 Cavium ARM Processors $6B in cash & stock[21]
May 2019 Intent to acquire Avera Semi ASICs $650 million in cash
Sept 2019 Aquantia ASICs Mutli-Gig Ethernet $450 million in cash

Marvell's operating headquarters in Santa Clara


Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet controller in a Sony Vaio FW series laptop

Infrastructure ProcessorsEdit

On November 12, 2019, Marvell announced that their ThunderX2 SoCs have been deployed on Microsoft Azure.[22] On March 2, 2020, Marvell announced OCTEON Fusion and OCTEON TX2 5G infrastructure processors, as well as deals to provide processors for 5G Infrastructure for Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson, ZTE, and Samsung.[23] On March 16, 2020, Marvell announced ThunderX3 and their plan for ThunderX4 in 2022.[24]


Marvell supplied the Wi-Fi chip for the original (first-generation) Apple iPhone.[25]


Marvell Mobile Hotspot (MMH) is an in-car Wi-Fi connectivity. The 2010 Audi A8 was the first automobile in the market to feature a factory-installed MMH.[26]


Google's Chromecast products are powered by Marvell SoCs. Namely the Marvell ARMADA 1500 Mini SoC (88DE3005) for the Chromecast 1st gen and Marvell ARMADA 1500 Mini Plus SoC (88DE3006) for the Chromecast 2nd gen & Chromecast audio.[27] Synaptics acquired Marvell Multimedia Solutions on 2017-06-12 [28] ARMADA 1500 SoC's are now produced under different names [29]

Legal casesEdit

Stock optionsEdit

In 2006, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) started an inquiry on the company's stock option grant practices.[30] An investigation determined "grant dates were chosen with the benefit of hindsight" to make the options more valuable.[31] The press estimated that the founders and other executives had made $760 million in gains from the options, which were awarded by the founding couple, Sehat Sutardja and Weili Dai.[32] The SEC asked to interview the company general counsel Matthew Gloss, but Marvell claimed attorney-client privilege.[33] Gloss was fired just before the investigation results were announced in May 2007.[34]Abraham David Sofaer was hired to investigate the investigation after Gloss alleged it was not independent. In announcing the results of its own inquiry, the SEC did not give Marvell the credit granted other companies in the options scandal for cooperating with the SEC’s investigation or for cleaning up. [35] At the time of the announcement, the co-acting regional director of the SEC’s San Francisco office stated, among other things, that the SEC did not believe that the lack of cooperation and remediation shown by Marvell merited a whole lot of credit in terms of giving Marvell a break. [35] In announcing its results, the SEC found that Gloss was not a participant in Dai and Sutardja’s backdating scheme.[35] Marvell restated its financial results, and stated that Dai will no longer be executive vice president, chief operating officer, and a director but continue with the company in a non-management position.[36] The company agreed to pay a $10 million fine in 2008, but did not fire Dai nor replace Sutardja as chairman as stated by the investigating committee.[31][35]

Patent infringementEdit

In December 2012, a Pittsburgh jury ruled that Marvell had infringed two patents (co-inventors Alek Kavcic and Jose Moura) by incorporating hard disk technology developed and owned by Carnegie Mellon University without a license.[37] The technology, relating to improving hard disk data read accuracy at high speeds, was reported to have been used in 2.3 billion chips sold by Marvell between 2003 and 2012.[38] The jury awarded damages of $1.17 billion, the third largest ever in a patent case at the time.[39] The jury also found that the breach had been "willful", giving the judge discretion to award up to three times the original damage amount.[38] In December 2012, the company lost its mistrial bid in this dispute.[40] Post-trial hearings were scheduled for May 2013 and Marvell reported to be considering an appeal in the interim.[37] In August, US District Judge Nora Barry Fischer upheld the award.[41] On February 17, 2016, Marvell agreed to a settlement in which Marvell will pay Carnegie Mellon University $750,000,000.[42]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Marvell 2019 Fiscal Year Results". Marvell. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Company - Marvell".
  3. ^ Company. Marvell. Retrieved on 2013-12-09.
  4. ^ Carey, Pete (April 5, 2016). "Marvell ousts Silicon Valley power couple from top posts". The Mercury News. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "Company - Leadership - Matt Murphy - Marvell". Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  6. ^ Ltd, Marvell Technology Group. "Marvell Technology Completes Acquisition of Cavium". Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  7. ^ "Marvell Technology Completes Acquisition of Cavium". Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  8. ^ Marvell. "Marvell Completes Acquisition of Aquantia". Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  9. ^ "Marvell to acquire LAN-chip supplier Galileo for $2.7 billion in stock". eetimes. 2000-10-17. Retrieved 2011-06-12.[verification needed]
  10. ^ "Marvell Acquires SysKonnect GmbH for 10 Gbps Client-side Silicon". 2002-06-21. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-06-12.[verification needed]
  11. ^ "Marvell Acquires Radlan". 2003-02-06. Archived from the original on 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2011-06-12.[verification needed]
  12. ^ "Marvell to Acquire the Hard Disk Drive Controller Business of QLogic". Marvell. 2005-08-29. Archived from the original on 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2011-06-12.[verification needed]
  13. ^ "Marvell acquires UTStarcom's SoC Division". 2005-12-23. Retrieved 2011-06-12.[verification needed]
  14. ^ "Marvell Acquires Avago's Printer ASICs Business". December 2005. Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-06-12.[verification needed]
  15. ^ "Marvell Technology Group acquires Avago for $240 million". 2006-02-20. Retrieved 2011-06-12.[verification needed]
  16. ^ "Marvell buys Intel's handheld processor unit for $600 million". 2006-06-27. Retrieved 2011-06-12.[verification needed]
  17. ^ "PicoMobile Networks, Inc". January 2008. Retrieved 2011-06-12.[verification needed]
  18. ^ "Marvell Acquires DS2 Technology". News release. Marvell. August 19, 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2013.[verification needed]
  19. ^ Nicolas Mokhoff (January 4, 2012). "Marvell's buy of Xelerated lines up comms offerings". EE Times.[verification needed]
  20. ^ Ray Le Maistre (January 4, 2012). "Marvell Snaps Up Xelerated". Light Reading. Retrieved May 27, 2013.[verification needed]
  21. ^ PALLADINO, Valentina (20 November 2017). "Marvell Technology to buy chipmaker Cavium for about $6 billion". Ars Technica. Retrieved 20 November 2017.[verification needed]
  22. ^ "Company - Newsroom - Marvell's ThunderX2 Solution Now Deployed for Microsoft Azure Development - Marvell". Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  23. ^ Frumusanu, Andrei. "Marvell Announces OCTEON Fusion and OCTEON TX2 5G Infrastructure Processors". Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  24. ^ Frumusanu, Andrei. "Marvell Announces ThunderX3: 96 Cores & 384 Thread 3rd Gen Arm Server Processor". Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  25. ^ "iPhone 1st Gen Teardown". Retrieved 2011-03-28.
  26. ^ Wilson, Richard (August 10, 2010). "Marvell chip turns Audi A8 into Wi-Fi hotspot".
  27. ^ Google’s Chromecast 2 is Powered By Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 Mini Plus - Dual-Core Cortex-A7. Retrieved on 2016-01-05.
  28. ^ Retrieved on 2018-03-22.
  29. ^ Retrieved on 2018-03-22.
  30. ^ Marvell Technology Group Limited (July 3, 2006). "Form 8-K". Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  31. ^ a b "Marvell Completes Independent Review of Stock Option Practices". Securities and Exchange Commission. May 7, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  32. ^ Edward Robinson (May 21, 2007). "Billionaires From Jakarta, Shanghai Undermined by U.S. Options". Bloomberg News. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  33. ^ Justin Scheck. "SEC Stumbles on Privilege Waivers". In-House Counsel. Archived from the original on February 26, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  34. ^ Alan Rappeport (May 8, 2007). "Marvell Fires General Counsel: Marvell's general counsel was fired before the release of the company's backdating report. The counsel's attorney denies any connection". CFO Magazine. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  35. ^ a b c d Zusha Elinson (May 9, 2008). "Marvell Technology to Pay $10 Million Fine Over Backdating". Law.Com. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  36. ^ Alan Rappeport (May 7, 2007). "Marvell CFO Resigns amid Options Probe: Microchip maker discloses a pre-tax charge of as much as $350 million". CFO Magazine. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  37. ^ a b Mouawad, Jad (2012-12-26). "Jury Awards $1.17 Billion in Patent Suit". Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  38. ^ a b "BBC News - Marvell faces huge patent fine over hard disk chips". Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  39. ^ Clark, Don (2012-12-26). "Jury Finds Marvell Owes $1.17 Billion in Patent Case -". Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  40. ^ "Marvell Loses Mistrial Bid In Carnegie Mellon Patent Row". December 21, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  41. ^ Vaughan, Bernard (August 23, 2013). "Judge upholds $1.17 billion patent verdict against Marvell". Reuters. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  42. ^ "Carnegie Mellon University and Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Reach Settlement". Carnegie Mellon University (Press release). 2016-02-17. Retrieved 2016-02-18.

External linksEdit