Fujitsu Microelectronics America Delivers Seven New High Performance ASICs to Texas-Based Chiaro Networks for New Enstara Platform

1/16/2003 - Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) has completed a set of seven powerful ASICs for ChiaroTM Networks that formed the engine for the industry’s first infrastructure class Routing Platform, the two companies announced. The EnstaraTM routing system is currently being deployed in high-performance networks.

FMA’s new, high-performance ASICs range from more than 300,000 gates to 8.8 million gates and incorporate very high-speed interfaces from 622 Megabits/second to 2.5 Gigabits/second. One typical device delivers 28 channels of 1.25 Gigabits/second clock/data recovery. Fujitsu and Chiaro engineers collaborated throughout the project and shared the physical design tasks for all seven devices, which were built using Fujitsu’s 0.18-micron process technology and delivered in Fujitsu’s industry-leading flip-chip BGA packaging.

In November, Chiaro formally announced its Enstara routing platform, which utilizes transforming technologies to reduce IP network complexity, helping service providers cut network infrastructure costs by consolidating to fewer and simpler networks. Enstara is the first carrier-class routing platform that allows carriers to achieve this consolidation.

“Fujitsu Microelectronics brought a long history of world-class expertise in ASIC design and a very experienced team to our development group, which worked closely with them throughout the design cycle,” said Ken Lewis, Chiaro Networks’ president and CEO. “Fujitsu’s robust road map for high-speed macros incorporates an industry-leading number of high-speed I/O channels per device, and the company is an expert in the flip-chip packaging technology we required to meet our objectives.”

“The Fujitsu and Chiaro teams carefully examined and planned these challenging seven ASICs in parallel and executed everything on time. All of the first silicon demonstrated successful results,” said Keith Horn, FMA’s vice president of marketing. “We are pleased to be a primary partner with Chiaro in their program to create innovative architectures that combine optical and packet switching technologies. We worked closely with them on the Enstara routing platform, a robust system that will deliver the disruptive orders of magnitude improvement required to address the service providers’ crisis of cost.”

Horn added that Fujitsu is now delivering multiple ASIC designs using high speed I/Os at both 0.18- and 0.11-micron technologies to networking leaders, including Chiaro. “Until recently, high-speed I/O cells were not available on off-the-shelf ASIC technologies,” said Allan Armstrong, program director, communications semiconductors at RHK, Inc. “Fujitsu supports telecom equipment manufacturers that need to add sophisticated upper-layer intelligence to high-speed networking products by providing a combination of telecom-specific I/Os with advanced CMOS technology.”

“With the successful completion of seven new highly complex designs for Chiaro Networks, Fujitsu Microelectronics continues to demonstrate its leadership position in the ASIC arena and, in the process, maintains its position as one of the ASIC technology leaders based in Japan,” according to Gerald Worchel, a senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR.

About Fujitsu Microelectronics
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and services for the networking, communications, automotive, security and other markets throughout North and South America. Fujitsu is the world’s second largest supplier of ASIC products and technology. For product information, visit the company web site at

About Chiaro Networks
Chiaro Networks, the provider of an advanced routing platform based on transforming technologies, is headquartered in Richardson, Texas. The company has developed the industry’s first IP routing platform with the goal of solving the “crisis of cost” issues facing service providers by eliminating the typical 18-month replacement cycle for network routers and replacing it with equipment that provides seven years of scalability and reliability. With strong backers in the venture capitalist and technology communities, Chiaro has secured $210 million to date from backers such as Intel Capital, Siemens Ventures, Sevin Rosen Funds, and STAR Ventures. Also, the company boasts a Technology Advisory Board, which consists of business leaders and academics from MIT and Stanford University. For more information, visit the newly designed

Chiaro Networks and Enstara are trademarks of Chiaro Networks.

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