Marvell Puts A PC In A Plug


Network silicon maker Marvell, packs the guts of a computer into a unit the size of a small power transformer, and coined the term “plug computing”

The SheevaPlug unit could make sense for small businesses owners, giving them an alternative to PCs for a software service, says Marvell, announcing a Plug Computing initiative to promote the concept.

Marvell intends to make “high-performance, always on, always connected, and environmentally friendly computing” readily available for developers and end-users. A Plug Computer, as Marvell describes it, is small enough to plug directly into a wall socket and is designed to draw so little power that it can be left on all of the time. Unlike other embedded devices in the home, it contains a gigahertz class processor to offer PC class performance.

“There is no doubt that home networks need to become more intelligent and easier to use by offering value added services for the consumer,” said Marvell Semiconductor’s vice president and GM of enterprise business unit, consumer and communications business group, Dr. Simon Milner. “We have created an open computing platform for developers in a consumer and eco-friendly form factor. Marvell’s goal is to accelerate the development and availability of innovative software and services in the home.”

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