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Leading European Service Provider SFR Launches Hybrid Set-Top Box for Both Broadcasting and Streaming with Google Services for Smart TV Powered by Marvell's ARMADA 1500 Plus HD Media Platform

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Marvell Semiconductor Inc.
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Santa Clara, CA, 95054

Press release date: January 14, 2014

Marvell's award-winning SoC platform powers Europe's first hybrid set-top box offering Google services for Smart TV

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, today announced that European leading service provider, SFR, has launched its hybrid set-top box powered by Marvell's ARMADAŽ 1500 Plus (88DE3108) system-on-chip (SoC) platform. The ARMADA 1500 Plus is a full HD media processor designed for a wide range of Smart video products. Underscoring its leadership in the Smart Home ecosystem, the ARMADA 1500 Plus will power SFR's hybrid set-top boxes to enable Google services for Smart TV.

"I'm very proud of Marvell's long-term collaboration with Google in empowering leading service providers to deliver immersive entertainment experiences with new products and services. The successful launch of this innovative device by SFR is a great example of how consumers can enjoy quality content delivered seamlessly through both broadcasting and streaming," said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell. "I would like to thank the passionate and dedicated engineering teams of Google, SFR, and Marvell in delivering this exciting new product and driving the 'Connected Digital Lifestyle' vision to serve today's global consumers for better lives."

"Through our joint collaboration with Marvell, SFR is pleased to be the first service provider in Europe to offer consumers Google services for Smart TV powered by Marvell's ARMADA 1500 Plus," said Frank Cadoret, Executive Vice President of SFR. "Offering set-top boxes with Google services will further allow us to differentiate our services, while giving subscribers a powerful and enhanced entertainment experience in today's digital home."

SFR's hybrid set-top box offering Google services for Smart TV, available in a compact form factor and simple set up, provides both broadcast and IPTV services to consumers, at an attractive 3EUR per month. Customers, who have xDSL can enjoy IPTV services whereas other subscribers can get a bundled SFR TV/OTT experience. The platform is the first hybrid set-top box in the Europe enabling Google services for Smart TV, and its applications enable the convergence between mobiles, tablets and TV services.

The ARMADA 1500 Plus offers significantly improved graphics performance due to its OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible graphics engine, while real-time 1080p video encode capabilities allow the platform to function as a multi-screen source device, enabling an optimal viewing experience for consumers. Additionally, the ARMADA 1500 Plus incorporates an enhanced security engine that further facilitates more seamless adoption by service operators, as well as its award-winning QdeoŽ video processing for state-of-the-art HD and 3D video for an immersive entertainment experience. The SoC has integrated HDMI receiver and Gigabit Ethernet, enabling a broad range of low-cost form factors that make the ARMADA 1500 Plus ideal for small set-top-boxes, over-the-top media players, hybrid set-top boxes and Smart TVs at mass-market price points.

To learn more about ARMADA 1500 Plus please visit

About Marvell

Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a global leader in providing complete silicon solutions enabling the digital connected lifestyle. From mobile communications to storage, cloud infrastructure, digital entertainment and in-home content delivery, Marvell's diverse product portfolio aligns complete platform designs with industry-leading performance, security, reliability and efficiency. At the core of the world's most powerful consumer, network and enterprise systems, Marvell empowers partners and their customers to always stand at the forefront of innovation, performance and mass appeal. By providing people around the world with mobility and ease of access to services adding value to their social, private and work lives, Marvell is committed to enhancing the human experience.

As used in this release, the term "Marvell" refers to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit

About SFR

With revenues of more than EUR11 billion in 2012, SFR is the second largest telecommunications operator in France. As a global operator, SFR responds to the needs of all its customers, whether members of the general public, professionals, businesses, local authorities or operators, providing mobile, fixed, internet and television services. As the owner of its infrastructures and with more than EUR1.5 billion annual investments, SFR is equipped with the most complete network, and is actively deploying very high speed fixed and mobile broadband in order to facilitate future use of its services.

SFR was the first to provide 4G in France to the general public and businesses in 2012. Its consumer offers are among the best in the marketplace, both for fixed services, with its Evolution box and for the mobile segment, whether with its "Formules Carrees" full-service offers or with low cost offers called Red. SFR is also an expert for solutions in the fields of unified communications, Machine-to-Machine and cloud computing for businesses.

SFR has more than 21 million mobile customers, including some 18 million subscribers, and more than 5 million high-speed home Internet subscribers. SFR is a fully-owned subsidiary of Vivendi and has around 9,000 employees. For more information, please visit

Marvell, the M logo, ARMADA, and Qdeo are registered trademarks of Marvell and/or its affiliates. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

For Further Information Contact:
Marvell Media Relations
Holly Zheng

Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.

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