Marvell Acquires Tanzanite, Expanding Its Cloud-Optimized CXL Portfolio

Marvell today announced an all-cash deal to buy privately held Tanzanite Silicon Solutions, a leading developer of innovative Compute Express Link technology.

05-12-2022 - Marvell Acquires Tanzanite, Expanding Its Cloud-Optimized CXL Portfolio

Marvell’s ongoing data center-focused investments, especially in its CXL solutions, have increased the company’s addressable market, allowing it to develop the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of cloud-optimized silicon solutions. Marvell’s CXL development ambitions are strengthened by the purchase announced today.

Existing server architectures suffer several memory scalability issues and lack the capacity to efficiently share memory resources. At the same time, workloads like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), analytics, and large-scale search, as well as the rise of the metaverse, require higher memory performance and composability in the cloud.

CXL-based silicon components, an industry standard for linking CPUs, accelerators, and memory, will enable new cloud data center designs with considerable performance and efficiency gains.

Dan Christman, who serves the role of Executive Vice President of Storage Products Group at Marvell, had the following to say:

We believe that CXL will be a significant game-changer in enabling optimal resource utilization in next-generation data centers, and the acquisition of Tanzanite advances our abilities to address our customers’ most challenging issues. Marvell’s investment underscores our commitment to deliver on the promise of CXL across our industry-leading cloud portfolio spanning compute, electro-optics, networking, security, and storage.

Tanzanite has established substantial knowledge in CXL technology, which will assist Marvell’s vision of completely composable cloud architecture in moving forward. CXL is an essential component of the company’s data center offering, which includes computation, electro-optics, networking, security, and storage. The advantages of CXL include infrastructure agility, which allows for the rapid allocation of resources customized to workload requirements, resulting in greater utilization and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Shalesh Thusoo, who serves the role of CEO at Tanzanite, had the following to say:

We are excited to see our vision for CXL leadership take a leap forward as part of Marvell, a company that is renowned for its customer-focused innovation. CXL technologies offer a unique value proposition for a multitude of use cases and are helping shape the next-generation composable data center. I’d like to thank our industry partners for their unwavering support and the entire Tanzanite team for their dedication and commitment to pioneering this technology and enabling us to achieve this milestone today.

The future cloud data center will be constructed on a completely disaggregated architecture based on CXL technology, necessitating higher high-speed interconnection than ever before, as well as efficient computing, networking, memory, security, and storage chipset solutions. Marvell is the cloud semiconductor solutions partner of choice, with the industry’s most comprehensive end-to-end data infrastructure building blocks and the largest 5nm technology platform. High-speed Alaska active electrical cable (AEC) PAM4 DSPs and Ethernet PHYs; BraveraTM SSD and HDD controllers; Inphi PAM4 electro-optics; COLORZ data center interconnects (DCIs); OCTEON data processor units (DPUs) for security, offload, and acceleration; Teralynx Ethernet switches; custom Arm-based server CPUs; and full custom ASICs are among Marvell.

Noam Mizrahi, who serves the role of Corporate Chief Technology Officer at Marvell, had the following to say:

The CXL standard will play a significant role in helping the industry deliver fully composable infrastructure for the cloud. The integration of CXL across our end-to-end, cloud-optimized silicon portfolio will bring new levels of data center efficiency, scalability, and flexibility to power emerging metaverse and next-generation AI applications.

The acquisition is scheduled to occur in the second quarter of the current fiscal year, subject to usual closing conditions, including shareholder approval from Tanzanite.