Xelerated buy pushes Marvell in new directions

Here's a trend to watch for 2012: Wi-Fi vendors creeping into new markets. As companies like Celeno Communications and Quantenna Networks pursue wireless applications for the residential video space, and Broadcom continues to broaden its own portfolio through acquisition, long-time Wi-Fi chip company Marvell Technology Group this week announced an acquisition that should propel its efforts beyond wireless and into 100G Ethernet.

Marvell announced that it has acquired Xelerated, a Swedish company that has been targeting the burgeoning 100G Ethernet switching sector and related areas. Marvell actually already works with an Xelerated competitor, EZ Chip, but said after the deal was announced that this working arrangement will continue.

Marvell's acquisition comes after competing chip giant Broadcom has made similar moves to push from wireless further into wireline networking.

For more:
- see this EE Times post

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