Server plugs into wall socket for small networks

Marvell has launched a computer server the size of plug that can be plugged in to power home and small office networks. The Marvell...

Marvell has launched a computer server the size of plug that can be plugged in to power home and small office networks.

The Marvell plug computer connects to an existing network using Gigabit Ethernet. This type of device eliminates the need for an always-on PC to power the network.

The Marvell plug computer is designed to be left plugged into a wall socket at all times. Marvell said it draws less than five watts under normal operation on average, compared to 25-100 watts for a PC being used as a home server.

The platform is built using Marvell's Kirkwood series system-on-chip design with a 1.2GHz Marvell Sheeva CPU processor, 512Mbytes of FLASH and 512Mbytes of DRAM.

The plug also features a 2.0 USB port to allow users to run applications that require a hard disk or other peripheral.

Users can deploy the plug computer for media sharing or for backup services, said Marvell.

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