StarFabric Trade Association to Demonstrate PICMG 2.17 Backplane Architecture at Bus&Board/2003

1/21/2003 - The StarFabric Trade Association announced plans to host a multi-vendor demonstration based on the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) 2.17 CompactPCI StarFabric Specification at this week's Bus&Board/2003 in Long Beach, CA. The demonstration (Booths # 9-12) will highlight products based on the specification, which was ratified in May 2002. Along with this demonstration, 7 other vendors are showing StarFabric-based products at the show.

StarFabric, available today in full-volume production, provides 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. StarFabric is currently being designed-in to a plethora of applications, across various markets.

"StarFabric's presence at Bus&Board clearly shows the momentum that's been building up with StarFabric - especially in the past year," said Tim Miller, president of the StarFabric Trade Association. "The PICMG 2.17 CompactPCI StarFabric specification is attracting a wide-spread attention as evidenced by the number of vendors demonstrating products at the show. The low-cost, interoperability inherent in StarFabric is exactly what vendors need to remain competitive."

"StarFabric and the PICMG 2.17 specification continue to rapidly grow in popularity, usage, and product breadth, as evidenced by the PICMG 2.17 demonstrations conducted by leading companies at the 2003 Bus and Board conference," commented Joe Pavlat, President of PICMG. "StarFabric's Quality of Service and isochronous traffic capabilities make it an ideal solution for next generation voice and video applications."

The demonstration will include participation by Bustronic/Elma, Hybricon, Kaparel, and StarGen. The demonstration will span all four companies' tabletop areas. Diversified Technologies will provide single board computers for use in the demonstration.

Other members of the Trade Association will also be demonstrating StarFabric products include:

Additionally, companies also showing StarFabric products include Radstone Technology, Applied Control Concepts and VRose Microsystems.

Products that will be shown include StarFabric and PICMG 2.17 based chassis, backplanes, single board computers, switch cards, PMC modules, adapter cards, development platforms and software development kits. These companies together provide a wide range of solutions for complete open systems platforms.

The StarFabric demonstration will be held in Booths 9-12 at Bus&Board/2003, which will take place Monday, January 20, and Tuesday, January 21, 2003. Members of the Press and Analyst community are invited for a demonstration walk through on Monday January 20th at 5:30pm.

Presented by VITA and PICMG, Bus&Board/2003 will take place at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, adjacent to the Long Beach Convention Center, in Long Beach, CA, and is focused on VMEbus, CompactPCI, PCI, PC104, motherboards, and mezzanine cards for embedded applications.

About the StarFabric Trade Association
The StarFabric Trade Association, a non-profit, open membership industry group, was created to develop and promote the StarFabric switched interconnect technology. The founding members represent a wide spectrum of organizations, 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 systems.

StarFabric is a powerful switched interconnect technology for backplane and chassis-to-chassis applications. It enables next generation Embedded Distributed Processing applications to meet market demands. The technology provides for unprecedented levels of scalability, performance and availability for a wide range of systems. It supports multiple classes of traffic, adding further flexibility and enhancements to systems while utilizing existing standards-based software and hardware investments.

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

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