Marvell, Valve to deliver PC gaming Experience on TV
November 17, 2015
Marvell, a specialist in providing complete silicon solutions from storage to Internet of Things (IoT), cloud infrastructure, digital entertainment, in-home content delivery and Kinoma software enabling the “Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle”— have announced that Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 Mini (88DE3005) System-on-Chip (SoC), Avastar 88W8897 11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip and power management integrated circuits (PMIC) components are at the core of Valve’s Steam Link, a wireless streaming device that is designed to bring the Steam gaming experience to any room in the house. Together with Valve’s industry-leading gaming expertise, Marvell is proud to enable a robust solution, optimized for low latency streaming of high-definition gaming content from the PC to the TV for just $50.
“We are proud of our collaboration with Valve on the Steam Link device,” said Gaurav Shah, Vice President of Marketing of Multimedia Solutions Business Unit at Marvell. “Our industry-leading ARMADA 1500 Mini processor, coupled with our highly-integrated, breakthrough wireless solution is designed to enable best-in-class video latency with reliable performance, making it well-suited for streaming graphics and sound intensive gaming applications.”
Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 Mini platform has met the stringent video requirements of very low latency at 60 frames per second (fps) in H264 format for a seamless gaming experience. The Avastar 88W8897 SoC is a low-power 802.11ac wireless solution that combines MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, transmit beamforming with built-in support for Wi-Fi Certified Miracast. Supporting one of today’s leading connectivity standards, 802.11ac, the Avastar 88W8897 provides increased wireless communication bandwidth and robustness over the Wi-Fi link, extending wireless capabilities to power bandwidth-hungry and low-latency multimedia applications, such as streaming high-definition video and gaming.
“When considering a partner for our Steam Link device, we were impressed with Marvell’s proven leadership in powering groundbreaking devices,” said Valve’s Sam Lantinga, Senior Software Engineer at Valve. “Our collaboration with Marvell has resulted in an incredibly affordable and powerful solution for streaming more than 6,000 games on Steam to a big screen in your living room or any screen in the home.”