StarGen and Aurora Strategic Partnership Produces Early-to-Market StarFabric-to-PCI Products

10/18/2002 - StarGen, a fabless semiconductor company, announces that it has formed a strategic technology partnership with Aurora Technologies, a leading provider of fabric and I/O connectivity solutions that include a suite of new StarFabric-enabled bridging products.

The collaboration between the two companies has resulted in a suite of StarFabric-based board and system-level products that incorporate StarGen's PCI-to-StarFabric Bridge (SG2010). As a result, Aurora's new boards, the PCI-SB® and PMC-SB® can be used with existing, legacy PCI and CompactPCI® systems and hosts, and are capable of transmitting data at rates of up to 2.5 Gbps per link in point-to-point applications over CAT5 cabling. Likewise, the two boards are compatible with 64 bit/66 MHz and 32 bit/33 MHz bus speed and support Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® operating systems. Aurora also offers a 2- or 3-slot PCI Expansion Chassis, the XP-SG®, which is capable of connecting standard PCI 2.2 compliant cards to an existing PCI-based system via a high-speed StarFabric connection.

"The new Aurora products are strategic to our customers, particularly those developing PCI and CompactPCI systems," said Tracy Richardson, president of StarGen. "Aurora's new boards will be strong addition to the growing ecosystem of StarFabric solutions, expanding the architecture's reliability and scalability to an even larger audience."

StarFabric is a powerful switched interconnect technology that meets the demands of embedded distributed processing applications. StarFabric is fully compatible with existing PCI software and PCI hardware while currently offering a seamless migration path to advanced switching technologies, such as PCI Express. The StarFabric technology originally was created by StarGen, Inc. and is now an industry open architecture available through membership in the StarFabric Trade Association of which StarGen and Aurora are founding members.

"Matching our strengths in board and system expansion solutions with StarGen's expertise in I/O interconnects has allowed us to create bridging products that remove the constraints of parallel bus architecture to deliver next generation connectivity today," says Frank Fitzgerald, Director of Engineering at Aurora Technologies, Inc. "Our customers with demanding, real-time applications can immediately benefit from StarFabric's availability, bandwidth, reliability, and scalability."

About StarGen
StarGen is a fabless semiconductor company that has developed a new switched interconnect technology for the embedded and communication industries. Many embedded applications benefit from StarGen's distributed multi-processing features in the areas of video processing; medical, military and scientific imaging; and high performance cluster computing. StarGen's technology provides a dramatic increase in equipment performance, reliability, and Quality of Service while providing for the retention of existing standards-based hardware and software investment. The technology also benefits vendors of communication platforms for next generation voice, data, and video networks. Early adopters include those building open standards based access/edge equipment such as media over packet gateways, broadband access concentrators, 3G wireless infrastructure, and cable headend systems. StarGen is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

About Aurora Technologies
Founded in 1988 as a third-party developer of connectivity products for the Sun Solaris marketplace, Aurora has evolved into an early-to-market developer of board- and system-level products based on Switch Fabric/StarFabric® that are ideal for applications that support multiple classes of high-speed data traffic, including legacy, path routing, and multicasting. Since it's founding, Aurora has achieved expertise in direct-to-bus synchronous WAN communications and high-port count serial connectivity solutions. While continuing to enhance its legacy serial products for the Sun marketplace, Aurora is expanding its connectivity products with a special focus on Switch Fabric/StarFabric technologies, emerging PICMG® standards, and Linux®. Aurora Technologies, Inc. is a Carlo Gavazzi Group Company.

The StarFabric Trade Association owns the StarFabric Architecture and is responsible for all future enhancements.

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