Stargen Reaches Major Milestones in 2002

12/17/2002 - StarGen, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, announced that the company has experienced dramatic growth in 2002, including the full-volume availability of its SG 1010 StarFabric Switch and SG 2010 PCI-to-StarFabric Bridge. Together these products provide embedded and communication equipment OEMs a real-world solution for building high-speed, scalable and highly reliable systems with an easy migration path from current architectures. To date, tens of thousands of StarFabric ports have been shipped to over 40 customers worldwide.

StarGen also announced the expansion of its international operations to include distribution of StarFabric across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Far East. As demand for switched interconnect technologies continues to grow internationally, Unique Memec in Europe, K.K.Rocky in Japan, and Memec Asia in China and Asia pacific provide both sales and technical service to OEMs of communication equipment, distributed multiprocessing systems, image processing systems and other embedded systems.

In 2002, StarGen also began collaboration with Intel Corporation to help develop the communication and embedded focused PCI Express Advanced Switching Specification. The StarFabric Trade Association, which owns and manages the StarFabric architecture announced that PCI Express Advanced Switching will be StarFabric's roadmap to 10 Gbps speeds ensuring smooth interoperability and ease of migration between the two interconnect standards. Many features and capabilities of StarFabric are expected to be included in the PCI Express Advanced Switching specification.

In addition to the full-volume availability of its initial chipsets, StarGen also announced this year the general availability of the SFS 2100 StarFabrc Switch Card, a powerful switching solution for CompactPCI StarFabric Platforms (PICMG 2.17) and the StarFabric SDK V1.0 (Software Development Kit) to enhance the deployment of StarFabric's advanced switching features. StarGen also has taped-out the SG 3010 TDM-to-StarFabric Bridge, built to allow connection of voice (TDM) processor devices directly to the StarFabric serial switched interconnect. Accordingly, StarGen unveiled its complete communication portfolio, which reinforces its commitment to develop StarFabric devices for communication applications, including future products to support Utopia, Packet-over-SONET, and PCI Express.

In 2002, StarGen forged partnerships with prominent vendors across various industries which position StarFabric as the only off-the-shelf switched interconnect solution available with immediate, production-quality shipments for many next-generation system designs. StarFabric designs have been announced by such companies as:

The StarFabric Trade Association gained significant traction this year with 25 founding members, which together provide the broad and diverse perspective required to ensure StarFabric will continue to meet the dynamic market requirements of next-generation embedded and communication equipment.

During the year, the use of StarFabric in CompactPCI platforms was formally standardized by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) in the PICMG 2.17 CompactPCI StarFabric Specification. Additionally, as part of the PICMG 3.x AdvancedTCA effort, work is underway in on the PICMG 3.3 and 3.4 specifications to develop standard implementations for StarFabric and PCI Express Advanced Switching in this new telecommunication-focused platform. StarGen is the co-chair for these subcommittees. Further StarFabric standards efforts were initiated within the VME marketplace. The VME International Trade Association (VITA) has begun standardizing StarFabric in VITA 41.5 and VITA 44.

"We experienced tremendous growth with new design wins, and the expansion of StarFabric's presence - both internationally and within the standards community," noted Tracy Richardson, president and CEO of StarGen. "StarGen is poised to take a leading role in the expanding switched interconnect market, serving communication and embedded designers in a wide array of applications. StarGen's activities in 2002 have positioned StarFabric as the premier switch fabric solution, and StarFabric is now poised to take on further demands and increased momentum in 2003."

About StarGen
StarGen ( is a fabless semiconductor company that has developed a new switched interconnect technology, StarFabric, for the communication and embedded industries. The technology benefits vendors of carrier and enterprise communication platforms for next-generation voice, data, and video networks. In addition, many embedded applications benefit from StarFabric's distributed multi-processing features. 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. StarFabric, available today, also offers customers a seamless roadmap to PCI Express Advanced Switching, when it becomes available in the future. StarGen is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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