StarGen Flies into BAE's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter with StarFabric

10/22/2003 - StarGen, a semiconductor company that develops advanced serial switched interconnect solutions, announced that BAE SYSTEMS will use its StarFabric architecture as the backplane interconnect solution for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) line of electronic warfare systems. The JSF program is the Department of Defense's next generation strike aircraft weapon system for the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and U.S. allies. StarFabric is a high-speed, point-to-point switched backplane and chassis-to-chassis interconnect solution for scalable and highly available embedded systems.

BAE SYSTEMS believes StarFabric allows them to provide a homogeneous communications structure between processing elements and hardware based functional elements in support of the F-35 electronic warfare system.

"We're pleased that BAE SYSTEMS chose to utilize StarFabric in the design of its F-35 electronic warfare system," said Tracy Richardson, president and co-founder of StarGen. "We designed into our StarFabric architecture exactly the features that such mission-critical applications need specifically ease of design, high availability, cost-effectiveness, and compatibility with existing software investment."

To date, StarGen has shipped tens of thousands of StarFabric ports to over 50 companies worldwide. These systems represent a broad spectrum of applications including military and aerospace designs. Its initial StarFabric portfolio includes the SG1010 StarFabric Switch and the SG2010 PCI-to-StarFabric Bridge both of which are in volume production today.

Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 in conjunction with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE SYSTEMS. Companies worldwide are participating in the F-35's development.

About StarGen
StarGen is a semiconductor company providing advanced serial switched interconnect solutions for compute and communications equipment. It is the leading designer of low-overhead, protocol-agnostic, open standards-based serial switched architectures, which enable system designers to bring new capabilities to their system while using existing standards-based parts. StarGen's currently shipping StarFabric product line benefits vendors of access communication platforms for voice, data, and video networks as well as vendors of embedded systems needing enhanced switched PCI capability. StarGen is also currently developing StarXpress, a complementary line of products built upon the Advanced Switching standard and compatible with PCI ExpressTM. These products will be ideal solutions for blade server, storage, and mid-range communications applications. StarGen's switched interconnect products provide a dramatic increase in equipment performance, scalability, reliability, and Quality of Service while maintaining backward compatibility to existing standards based hardware and software. StarGen ( is headquartered in Marlborough, MA.

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