StarGen Samples TDM-to-StarFabric Bridge

2/19/2003 - StarGen, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, unveiled that samples are now available of its SG3010 TDM (time division multiplexing)-to-StarFabric Bridge at the Intel Developer's Forum in San Jose, CA. As part of StarGen's portfolio of scalable, open switched interconnect solutions, the SG3010 was built specifically to tackle the unique interconnect requirements of access communications equipment engineers who design voice, data, and video systems. The SG3010 enables highly flexible, low-cost serial switched backplane designs with quality of service (QoS) and high-availability support built-in.

The SG3010 enables the connection of TDM devices, including DSPs, framers, and voice processors, as well as the H.110 TDM bus, directly to StarFabric serial switches. It can connect up to 128 H.110 bus segments together - providing up to 128 times the voice processing capacity of today's typical standards-based H.110 products. It is well suited for use in standard CompactPCI platforms. Utilizing the PICMG 2.17 CompactPCI StarFabric specification, a system can be designed to provide the entire bandwidth of an H.110 bus to every line card. Additionally, it can function as a highly scalable time slot switch enabling cost-effective, small TDM switch systems up to large systems capable of supporting 250K DS0s.

The high-capacity SG3010 is ideal for such next-generation applications as voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) gateways, voice-over-broadband (VoB) systems, wireless base stations, and other high-density communications network equipment. It provides a level of system scaling unattainable with current standard off-the-shelf TDM components.

The SG3010 leverages a number of the core advantages of the StarFabric architecture. StarFabric provides the QoS capability to allow deterministic delivery of real-time voice traffic simultaneously with packet data and control traffic. StarFabric also provides an in-band 8KHz system reference clock for system synchronization between line cards and across chassis.

"The SG3010 is the perfect complement to our existing line-up of globally distributed StarFabric solutions," said Tracy Richardson, president and co-founder of StarGen. "Communications equipment designers looking to scale current systems to unprecedented levels of performance, while reducing both costs and time-to-market, can now turn to StarGen for a complete silicon solution for digital convergence."

In 2002, StarGen began the full-volume production of its StarFabric portfolio, including the SG1010 StarFabric Switch, and the SG2010 PCI-to-StarFabric Bridge. Additionally, a Utopia/Packet/Cell/DSP-to-StarFabric Bridge is currently in development and will be made available later this year. Together these products provide embedded and communication equipment OEMs a real-world switched serial interconnect solution for building high-speed, scalable and highly reliable systems with an easy migration path from current architectures. StarGen has shipped tens of thousands of StarFabric ports to over 45 companies worldwide.

The SG3010 is available now. Also available for sampling is an accompanying reference board based on the CompactPCI form factor compatible with PICMG 2.17. The reference board includes full user documentation, design schematics, and the source code for the StarFabric Fabric Primitives Library.

StarFabric solution demonstrations will be held at this week's Intel Developer's Forum in San Jose, CA, in Booth #: 106. Also at the show, key StarGen architects, Dave Mayhew and Norm Rasmussen, will be presenting Session S56: "Advanced Switching: An In-Depth Technical Overview" on Wednesday, February 19th, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room A3.

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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