StarGen to Showcase StarFabric Interconnect Using PICMG 2.17 CompactPCI

4/3/2003 - StarGen, the serial switched-interconnect semiconductor company, will be demonstrating advanced features of its full-production StarFabric interconnect at the Spring 2003 VON Trade Show & Expo, in San Jose, CA. At Booth #: 307, StarGen will be using a PICMG 2.17 CompactPCI platform to highlight the functionality available with its SG3010 TDM (time division multiplexing)-to-StarFabric Bridge, including voice scalability, investment protection, and Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities.

"This year's VON is our opportunity to show StarGen's leadership solutions for the communication access marketplace. With the SG3010, StarFabric is now the best solution for cost-effective, scalable backplane interconnection of voice-oriented communication equipment," said Tracy Richardson, president of and co-founder of StarGen.

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 QoS and high-availability support built-in.

Specifically, the demonstration will emphasize the range of voice scalability inherent in StarFabric, including H.110 scalability from chassis to chassis over CAT 5 cables and the propagation of 8khz clocks from chassis to chassis. In regards to investment protection, designers wishing to use StarFabric can reuse existing CTI telephony cards without changing software or hardware.

Another StarFabric feature showcased in the demo is the QoS capability to support both control and data traffic. Asynchronous traffic generated between SCSI disks and graphics displays traverse the fabric simultaneously as isochronous TDM voice traffic while maintaining the real-time deterministic delivery requirements of the voice traffic.

Recently, StarGen announced the sample availability of its SG3010 solution as part of its StarFabric family of products. The SG1010, StarFabric Switch, and the SG2010, PCI-to-StarFabric Bridge, are currently available and in full production. Additionally, StarGen unveiled plans for a complementary product line, StarXpress, based upon PCI ExpressTM and the emerging Advanced Switching standard.

The 19th annual Spring 2003 VON Trade Show & Expo will be held Monday, March 31st through Thursday, April 3rd, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA. VON's focuses are on the convergence of the telecom and Internet industries and the businesses, technologies and issues facing the IP communications industry today.

About StarGen
StarGen ( is a fabless semiconductor company providing advanced serial switched interconnect solutions. StarGen developed StarFabric, a switched interconnect technology for the communication and embedded industries. The technology, in full production today, benefits vendors of access communication platforms for voice, data, and video networks as well as many embedded applications, which 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, StarXpress, which is built upon the emerging Advanced Switching standard, based on the PCI ExpressTM architecture. StarGen is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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