Santa Clara and Irvine, California (April 16, 2012) – Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL) and Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) , global leaders in storage technology, today announced that the two companies have achieved a significant milestone in their decade-long business relationship with WD having shipped more than one billion hard disk drives with Marvell chips. From 2001 through 2008, Marvell’s cumulative shipments to WD were more than 400 million units. However, from 2008 to 2012, to date, Marvell’s shipments to WD have increased significantly, now totaling over one billion units since 2001. This has resulted in a multitude of highly successful products across mobile, desktop and enterprise platforms which has contributed to WD’s emergence as the industry leader in technology, quality, reliability and performance.
The WD-Marvell relationship has evolved from discrete read channel and controller solutions in PATA drives to highly integrated SATA- and SAS-based SoCs. Marvell is now shipping its 8th generation SATA SoC solution to WD including innovations such as LDPC. WD and Marvell are continuing their successful collaboration to deliver next-generation storage solutions across a broad spectrum of applications and emerging technologies.
“Marvell continues to deliver high performance silicon products on a consistent basis, which is helping us succeed in the highly competitive hard disk drive storage industry,” said Rubik Babakanian, WD’s Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer. “We are pleased to achieve this significant milestone with Marvell and are confident that our recently expanded technological partnership with and commitment from Marvell will be mutually beneficial as we bring new advanced storage products to the market.”
“We are proud of the accomplishments Marvell and WD have achieved together in the storage industry for more than a decade,” said Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Storage technologies and the ability to support ever increasing capacity requirements continue to be a critical driver in the evolution of consumer electronics, and currently we are collaborating on advanced signal processing technologies and progressive integration techniques that will enable WD to develop cutting edge products well into the future. It is an exciting time for both organizations, and the future has never looked brighter as we continue to work together to drive the industry forward.”
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a world leader in the development of storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions. Marvell's diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure, including enterprise, metro, home and storage networking. As used in this release, the term "Marvell" refers to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit Marvell.com.
WD, a storage industry pioneer and long-time leader, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. Its storage technologies serve a wide range of host applications including client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own storage systems. Its home entertainment products enable rich engagement with stored digital content.
WD was founded in 1970. The company's products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital®, WD® and HGST™ brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's website (http://www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.