StarGen Expands Global Distribution

1/14/2003 - StarGen, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, announced the expansion of its international operations to include distribution of StarFabric across Asia by Unique Memec, a leading specialist semiconductor distributor. As the need for switched interconnect technologies continues to grow globally, Unique Memec will provide both sales and technical service to OEMs of communication equipment and embedded systems in the Asia Pacific region.

The first StarFabric devices to ship through Unique Memec Asia are the SG1010 StarFabric Switch, a high-speed serial switch, and the SG2010 StarFabric Bridge, a 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. StarGen has shipped thousands of StarFabric ports to over 40 companies worldwide.

"The demand for StarFabric on the international level is growing exponentially - specifically throughout Asia," said Tracy Richardson, co-founder and president of StarGen. "Unique Memec's reputation as a specialist semiconductor distributor is unparalleled, and we're excited for the opportunity to leverage its experience in helping us take StarFabric to the next level."

Unique Memec has 17 offices throughout Asia Pacific in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Thailand and India. With a distribution center in Hong Kong, as well as additional services offered by its fulfillment division, Memec United, and Memec Design, its engineering and design resources division, Unique Memec supports all phases of semiconductor distribution on a global scale, from product concept to final delivery.

"We're finding that the communication and embedded design engineers we work with are in need of a highly scalable and highly reliable interconnect solution," said Wendell Boyd, managing director of Unique Memec in Asia Pacific. "By offering StarFabric, we're continuing to reinforce our commitment to bring Asia the most innovative, top-of-the-line solutions available worldwide."

In 2002, StarGen began its international distribution expansion by partnering with Unique Memec in Europe and K.K. Rocky in Japan.

About Memec
Memec, a global semiconductor distribution group, encompasses three specialist semiconductor distribution companies, Insight, Unique and Impact. Each company represents a limited number of supplier partners, thus enabling superior product knowledge and unparalleled demand creation capabilities. Although each company operates independently, they all rely on Memec United, the fulfillment division, Memec Design Services, the engineering resource center, and Memec Operations, the supply chain management to offer original equipment manufacturers complete semiconductor solutions, from new product introduction to intellectual property design, to supply chain management.

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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