Marvell Technology has announced its intent to acquire compute express link (CXL) startup Tanzanite in an all-cash deal it says will accelerate its composable infrastructure aspirations.
Founded in 2020, Tanzanite was an early player in the emerging CXL marketplace specializing in memory expansion, tiered memory, and memory pooling technologies. At the heart of these developments was Tanzanite's smart-logic interface connector, which enables memory to be pooled across compute servers at low latencies using CXL.
For those unfamiliar with the term, CXL is an open-standard interconnect introduced in 2019 that piggybacks PCIe to provide a consistent interface between host CPU processors, memory, accelerators, and other peripherals. Since its inception, the technology has garnered support from more than 190 vendors, including Intel, AMD, IBM, and Nvidia.