StarGen Introduces StarXpress Family of Switches and Bridges for PCI Express

2/19/2003 - StarGen, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, unveiled its StarXpressTM product line plans comprising a family of bridges and switches based on PCI ExpressTM and PCI Express Advanced Switching (AS), at the Intel Developer's Forum in San Jose, CA. This new portfolio, slated for delivery beginning in 2004, is composed of StarXpress switches and StarXpress bridges and provides high bandwidth serial switched interconnect solutions for next-generation communication, storage, server, and embedded system designs. The StarXpress family leverages StarGen's unique expertise and experience in developing and delivering industry standard compatible serial switched interconnect solutions.

StarGen is currently the leading supplier of PCI-compatible, high-performance, low overhead switching solutions, having shipped tens of thousands of ports of its StarFabric architecture. StarGen's architects have been critical contributors to the ongoing development of the PCI Express AS specification. They have been able to leverage the knowledge and experience gained through the development of StarFabric to ensure PCI Express will deliver the scalability, high-availability and Quality of Service features the market requires. David Mayhew, StarGen's chief architect, and Norm Rasmussen, StarGen's principal architect, will be providing a detailed technical description of key PCI Express AS features at the Intel Developers Conference in Session S56: "Advanced Switching: An In-Depth Technical Overview," on Wednesday, February 19th, beginning at 2:30 p.m. in Room A3.

The StarXpress switch family is based on a scalable core architecture enabling rapid deployment of a range of products with various port counts and lane widths to satisfy the unique requirements of a diverse set of applications from motherboard implementations to multi-rack chassis-based systems. The StarXpress bridge family addresses the need for a range of industry standard bus interfaces, including PCI-X, SPI4.2, Utopia, etc.

The StarXpress product line will enable industry standard-based, high value solutions in the communication, storage, blade server and embedded markets. (For example, please see illustration at StarXpress products enable cost-effective, highly scalable communication equipment for wire-line and wireless access, as well as edge and metro area systems.

StarXpress bridges will provide interfaces to PCI Express AS fabrics for general-purpose processors, network processors, and control processors, as well as DSPs, framers, and protocol-specific end-points. StarXpress allows flexible system architectures from classic decentralized to emerging centralized architectures. Centralized architectures feature low-cost network interface line cards in conjunction with optimized processing blades that are easily upgraded as more processing power is required.

"StarXpress reinforces StarGen's long-term commitment to providing standards-based interconnect solutions to support feature-rich, cost-efficient communication, storage, and embedded systems," said Tracy Richardson, co-founder and president of StarGen. "Uniquely, StarGen has the technical expertise and experience and the growing customer base that position us for leadership in the emerging PCI Express market. We are developing StarXpress switches and bridges today for those applications that can benefit from industry standard-based, off-the-shelf, high performance interconnect solutions."

StarGen is currently in full-production with the SG1010 StarFabric switch, a high-speed serial switch, and the SG2010 PCI-to-StarFabric bridge and is sampling the SG3010 TDM-to-StarFabric bridge. PCI Express-based products under the StarXpress name will be made available beginning in 2004.

A StarFabric solution demonstration, which illustrates capabilities that will be delivered in PCI Express AS, will be held at this week's Intel Developer's Forum in San Jose, CA, in Booth #: 106.

About StarGen
StarGen ( is a fabless semiconductor company providing advanced serial switched interconnect solutions. StarGen 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. StarGen is also currently developing a complementary product line, called StarXpress, based on the PCI Express Advanced Switching standard. StarFabric, available today, offers customers a seamless roadmap to PCI Express Advanced Switching for higher bandwidth solutions, when it becomes available in the future. StarGen is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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