Norm Rasmussen of StarGen Receives Award from the PCI-SIG

7/2/2002 - StarGen, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, today announced that Norm Rasmussen, a senior member of its architecture team, received a prestigious award from the PCI-SIG (Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group) for his efforts in leading the development of the original PCI Specification. The PCI-SIG is committed to the development and enhancement of the PCI standard. StarGen, one of its 780-plus members, is the developer of StarFabric, an industry-open high-speed, point-to-point switched backplane and chassis-to-chassis interconnect solution fully compatible with PCI.

"This award honors Norm as part of the team of architects who began the original development of the PCI standard," said Tony Pierce, chairman of the PCI-SIG. "His ongoing work at StarGen provides high-level system capabilities to the industry that leverage existing PCI technology."

Rasmussen was an original member of the PCI development team at Intel. He served as the chairman of the PCI protocol workgroup for seven years from its inception through 1999. Rasmussen was also an original member of the PCI to PCI Bridge specification development team.

In 2001, Rasmussen joined StarGen, and since has been responsible for ensuring StarGen's StarFabric components remain on the leading edge of semiconductor innovation. He now uses his extensive experience in developing and driving successful interconnect standards to ensure StarFabric technology meets the evolving needs of next-generation embedded and communication equipment designers.

"We're very proud to have the PCI-SIG honor a member StarGen's team," said Tracy Richardson, president of StarGen. "StarGen's efforts to provide leadership enhanced PCI capabilities benefit significantly from Norm's extensive experience and expertise."

The PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) recently approved the release of PICMG 2.17 Revision 1.0 of its CompactPCI StarFabric specification. The new publication provides designers, manufacturers, and integrators with a common set of guidelines for implementing backplanes and cards to deliver the benefits of the StarFabric interconnect in the CompactPCI environment.

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.

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