On December 22, 2009, Marvell announced that ten thousand SheevaPlug units have shipped featuring Marvell CPU technology. A pioneer in carving out the concept of Plug Computing, Marvell has enthusiastically powered every major innovation in the Plug Computing ecosystem - persistently driving innovation in products to offer users high performance, always on, always connected, and environmentally friendly computing.
The SheevaPlug is designed to make high-performance, always-on, always connected, and environmentally friendly computing readily available for developers and end-users. It was recognized by Popular Science's 2009 Best of What's New award in the Computing category.
On June 24, 2009, Marvell announced that developers in Europe can now purchase SheevaPlug development kits, outfitted for regional electrical specifications.
The SheevaPlug development platform uses a Marvell Kirkwood processor based on an embedded 1.2GHz Sheeva CPU equipped with 512 Mbytes of FLASH and 512 Mbytes of DRAM. Connection to the home network is via Gigabit Ethernet. Peripherals such as direct attached storage can be connected using a USB 2.0 port. Multiple standard Linux 2.6 kernel distributions are supported on the SheevaPlug development platform enabling rapid application development. SheevaPlug is designed to plug directly into a standard wall socket and is designed to draw less than one tenth of the power of a typical PC being used as a home server.
A Plug Computer is small enough to plug directly into a wall socket and is designed to draw so little power that it can be left on all of the time. Unlike other embedded devices in the home, it contains a gigahertz class processor that is designed to offer PC class performance.
The development kit can be obtained at http://www.plugcomputer.org/