StarGen Unveils Plans for Future Communications Products

9/26/2002 - StarGen, a fabless semiconductor company, unveiled a complete and updated communication portfolio, which reinforces its commitment to develop StarFabricTM devices for communication applications. The ability to transport PCI, TDM, ATM, and control traffic across a single unified interconnect is a unique feature of StarFabric. StarGen communication products provide scalability, high-availability, and Quality of Service for a range of communication platforms. Current products support expansion of industry standard buses such as PCI, H.110, while future products will support Utopia, Packet over SONET, and PCI Express.

At the conference, StarGen will outline additional information on its SG3010 TDM-to-StarFabric Bridge. The SG3010 TDM-to-StarFabric Bridge, available later this year, will add H.110 support to communication systems including PICMG 2.17 platforms. The SG3010 features a high-performance TDM switch with switching rates of up to 16 Mbps, two 2.5 Gbps StarFabric links, and support for 32 Local I/O streams. Systems based on the SG3010 can deliver up to 128 times the voice processing capacity of today's typical standards-based H.110 products. Applications for the SG3010 include, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) gateways, voice over broadband (VoB) systems, wireless base stations, and other high-density communications network equipment.

In addition, at Booth #1118, StarGen will demonstrate its PICMG 2.17 StarFabric Development Platform, which is the first step in a broader implementation of this new standard. The PICMG 2.17 specification is the culmination of a 65-member subcommittee defining the implementation of a StarFabric-based system. The StarFabric interconnect can coexist with 64-bit CompactPCI, H.110 and Ethernet backplanes based on PICMG 2.16. PICMG 2.17 provides a common set of guidelines for implementing backplanes and cards to deliver the benefits of the StarFabric interconnect in the CompactPCI environment. PICMG 2.17-based systems support high-speed, point-to-point communication from some or all slots within the system. System developers can maintain investments in existing CompactPCI hardware and software, while taking advantage of the high-availability, scalability and Quality of Service features of StarFabric.

The CDC demonstration is based on StarGen's SG2010 PCI-to-StarFabric Bridge, the SG1010 StarFabric Switch, along with StarGen's SFS2100 switch card, using a backplane from Hybricon, Inc. Other 2.17 backplanes are available from Bustronic Inc., and Kaparel systems. Single board computers supporting StarFabric are under development and will soon come to market.

"The fact that system vendors can build StarFabric-based systems from standard components shows the support the PICMG 2.17 is receiving from the market," said Tracy Richardson, president of StarGen. "StarFabric continues to gain momentum among companies looking to build cost-effective, high-performance, open systems."

In addition to the SG3010, StarGen is developing other products for the communications equipment market. These products include PCI Express TM Advanced Switching devices as well as other StarFabric based devices, such as a Utopia/POS/SPI bridge and a higher port StarFabric switch.

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. Early adopters include those building open standards based access/edge equipment such as media over packet gateways, convergence switches, broadband access concentrators, wireless base stations, cable headend systems, edge routers, and remote access concentrators. Many embedded applications benefit from StarGen'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. StarGen is headquartered in Marlborough Massachusetts.

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

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