This excerpt taken from the MRVL 10-K filed Apr 14, 2005.
The Opportunity for New Integrated Circuit Solutions
We believe the rapidly growing demand for products that enable the storage, transmission and management of large volumes of voice, video and data at high speeds is creating the need for a new generation of integrated circuit solutions:
Additionally, we believe that our high-performance analog, mixed-signal, digital signal processing and embedded microprocessor technology can also be leveraged into many other large volume and diverse markets that will have the added benefit of increasing our customer and market diversification.
To keep the power consumption of these new solutions at acceptable levels, more efficient yet powerful signal processing algorithms, implemented in silicon, are required. These next-generation devices must also satisfy market demands associated with large production volumes, competitive pricing, high reliability and decreased size. To meet these demands, we also expect the trend to continue towards integrating into one chip various functions that are generally implemented in discrete integrated circuits. Integration reduces the overall number of components in a system, reducing overall system cost and power consumption. We believe the integration of high performance embedded microprocessors will be an important technology to enable such high levels of integration.