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Marvell Q1 Fiscal 2025: Custom AI Silicon Plays the Starring Role

Marvell Q1 Fiscal 2025: Custom AI Silicon Plays the Starring Role

The News: Marvell Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRVL), a provider of data infrastructure semiconductor solutions, reported financial results for the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal year 2025. Read the full press release on Marvell’s website.

Marvell Q1 Fiscal 2025: Custom AI Silicon Plays the Starring Role

Analyst Take: In Q1 fiscal 2025, Marvell generated net revenue of $1.161 billion, $11.0 million above the mid-point of the company’s guidance shared on March 7, 2024. GAAP net loss for Q1 2025 was $215.6 million, or $0.25 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for Q1 fiscal 2025 was $206.7 million, or $0.24 per diluted share. Cash flow from operations for the first quarter was $546.6 million.

Marvell Chairman and CEO Matt Murphy highlighted that the company delivered Q1 fiscal 2025 revenue above the mid-point of guidance, driven by stronger than forecasted demand from AI. The company’s data center revenue grew 87% year over year, through the start of a ramp in its custom AI programs augmenting its substantial base of electro-optics revenue.

For the second quarter (Q2) of fiscal 2025, Marvell is guiding an 8% sequential increase in revenue at the mid-point, fueled by ramping custom AI silicon. As a result, Marvell sees a favorable setup for the second half of this fiscal year, driven by continued growth in data center and the beginning of a recovery in enterprise networking and carrier infrastructure.

The key highlights of Marvell’s Q2 Fiscal 2025 Financial Outlook include the following:

  • Net revenue is expected to be $1.250 billion +/- 5%.
  • GAAP gross margin is expected to be approximately 46.2%.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin is expected to be approximately 62.0%.
  • GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $688 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $455 million.
  • Basic weighted-average shares outstanding are expected to be 867 million.
  • Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding are expected to be 877 million.
  • GAAP diluted loss per share is expected to be $(0.20) +/- $0.05 per share.
  • Non-GAAP diluted income per share is expected to be $0.29 +/- $0.05 per share.

Marvell: Driving Portfolio Innovation to Meet the Unique Demands of AI

We find that Marvell is demonstrating why the company is positioned solidly to drive more innovation throughout the data infrastructure market in the AI era. In parallel with reporting its Q1 2025 results, Marvell expanded its connectivity portfolio with a new peripheral component PCIe retimer product line that is designed to scale the compute fabrics of accelerated infrastructure. The debut offering is built on Marvell 5nm PAM4 technology aimed at enabling the new Alaska P PCIe retimer product line, starting with the 8- and 16-lane PCIe Gen 6 retimers, to scale connections between AI accelerators, GPUs, CPUs, and other components inside servers.

As a result, Marvell now offers the comprehensive data center connectivity portfolio key to meeting the continuum of top priority data center interconnect (DCI), such as DCI networks (e.g., Marvell Coherent DSP), inside data centers, such as frontend and backend networks (e.g., Marvell PAM4 DSP), and inside servers, such as compute fabrics (Alaska P PCIe Retimer) demands.

Marvell: Optimizing Optical Technology to Meet AI and Cloud Data Center Demands

At OFC 2024 in March 2024, Marvell outlined its broad-ranging strategy to optimize optical technology to meet the rising performance and power requirements of AI and cloud data centers. The key products and use cases spotlighted at OFC 2024 included Marvell Nova 2, Marvell 3D SiPho Engine, Spica Gen2-T, COLORZ 800, O-band Optics, collaboration with Juniper Networks, Coherent Collaborate on ZR/ZR+ transport solution, as well as customer momentum for Orion with InnoLight and HG Genuine.

For example, Marvell unveiled Marvell Nova 2, a 1.6 Tbps PAM4 optical DSP featuring 200 Gbps electrical and optical interfaces aimed at fulfilling the intensifying performance demands of accelerated infrastructure, generative AI, and high-performance computing. 1.6T Nova optical DSPs enable module manufacturers to develop a diverse array of industry-standard form factor optical modules that deliver twice the bandwidth than current 800 Gbps optical modules for the transition to 200G interfaces in accelerated infrastructure.

The 2nm Accelerated Infrastructure Factor

Underpinning Marvell’s accelerated infrastructure portfolio-wide innovation is the TSMC collaboration focused on 2nm infrastructure silicon, which follows Marvell innovative breakthroughs in 5nm and 3nm working with TSMC. Marvell has developed and demonstrated high-speed, ultra-high-bandwidth silicon interconnects produced on TSMC 3nm process. Marvell’s silicon building blocks in this node include 112G XSR SerDes (serializer/de-serializer), Long Reach SerDes, PCIe Gen 6/CXL 3.0 SerDes, and a 240 Tbps parallel die-to-die interconnect.

The building blocks are part of Marvell’s continued execution of its strategy to develop a comprehensive silicon intellectual property (IP) portfolio for designing chips that can increase the bandwidth, performance, and energy efficiency of rapidly evolving data infrastructure. These technologies also support all semiconductor packaging options from standard and low-cost Redistribution Layers (RDLs) to silicon-based high-density interconnect.

For fast expanding AI/GenAI workloads, 2nm will prove essential for providing the massive gains required across transistor density, area, power, and performance factors. Accordingly, we find that Marvell can offer sharply differentiated analog, mixed-signal, and foundational IP to deliver accelerated IP innovation. Fundamentally, Marvell’s modular approach to semiconductor research and design that focuses first on qualifying foundational analog, mixed-signal IP and advanced packaging is well suited for a vast array of devices.

Marvell Q1 2025: Key Takeaways

Overall, we believe the Alaska P PCIe launch positions Marvell to drive PAM4 PCIe innovations throughout AI server compute fabrics. Marvell is building on more than a decade of PAM4 technology expertise exemplified by its 5nm PAM4 IP portfolio acumen. Marvell is capitalizing on a major industry inflection point as compute fabrics for PCIe and CXL transition from NRZ to PAM4.

As such, Marvell’s portfolio can provide the technological and business foundation to meet the massive scaling demands of optical data rates alongside delivering the energy per bit savings essential to transforming data infrastructure, especially across AI workload environments. Through Marvell’s optical-related portfolio, data infrastructure can play an even more critical role in driving ecosystem-wide innovation across key application domains such as AI, cloud computing, smart devices, and streaming media.

Disclosure: The Futurum Group is a research and advisory firm that engages or has engaged in research, analysis, and advisory services with many technology companies, including those mentioned in this article. The author does not hold any equity positions with any company mentioned in this article.

Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of The Futurum Group as a whole.

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Ron is an experienced, customer-focused research expert and analyst, with over 20 years of experience in the digital and IT transformation markets, working with businesses to drive consistent revenue and sales growth.

He is a recognized authority at tracking the evolution of and identifying the key disruptive trends within the service enablement ecosystem, including a wide range of topics across software and services, infrastructure, 5G communications, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), analytics, security, cloud computing, revenue management, and regulatory issues.

Prior to his work with The Futurum Group, Ron worked with GlobalData Technology creating syndicated and custom research across a wide variety of technical fields. His work with Current Analysis focused on the broadband and service provider infrastructure markets.

Ron holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from University of Nevada — Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Arts in political science/government from William and Mary.

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