Palmchip Launches Serial ATA IP Solution with Serial ATA Target Core

5/27/2003 - Palmchip Corporation, a pioneer in semiconductor IP and system-on-chip technology, announced the availability of the industry's first complete serial ATA IP solution. This solution includes the serial ATA target core, the host core and the analog PHY developed by Astro Semiconductor.

Palmchip announced its serial ATA host controller core (BK-3719) and serial ATA target core (BK-3720) earlier this year. Through a recent agreement with Astro Semiconductor, Palmchip can now provide the final piece of the SATA solution-the analog PHY IP. Palmchip is the only company delivering a complete serial ATA IP solution providing customers with one-stop shopping for leading-edge SATA solutions. The PHY IP is available under Palmchip part number PCC-PHY15G18. The SATA PHY IP is also available stand-alone from Astro Semiconductor.

"Since developing our first serial ATA core, we were committed to producing the first and highest performance, three-part serial ATA product," said Jim Venable, vice-president sales and marketing for Palmchip. "To accomplish that aggressive goal, we knew we would need to work with analog experts rather than try to develop the analog IP ourselves. After extensive research and evaluation, we selected Astro Semiconductor's analog PHY IP as the best analog solution complimenting our two-core serial ATA solution."

"While our silicon-proven serial ATA PHY is fully compliant with the Serial ATA 1.0a specification, there are a number of problems that can occur when the link layer manufacturer doesn't collaborate with the PHY manufacturer during design," said Anjan Sen, president and CEO of Astro Semiconductor. "Working together with Palmchip allowed us to provide an optimized Serial ATA three-part solution."

According to Jeremy Donovan, analyst for the Gartner Group, the serial ATA semiconductor market will approach $1 billion in 2006 and serial ATA hard disk drives and controllers will grow from a market of less than one million units in 2002 to nearly 350 million units in 2006. Additionally, Donovan points out that serial ATA improves airflow in the box and cuts power consumption by replacing bulky parallel-ATA ribbon cables with low-voltage serial cables.

PCC-PHY15G18 SATA PHY, the BK-3719 SATA host, and the BK-3720 SATA target three-part serial ATA IP solution is available today. Contact Palmchip Corporation for pricing: 408-952-2007. For more information go to

About Palmchip
Palmchip Corporation develops and licenses configurable SoC platforms, subsystems, and IP cores for embedded SoC's used in a variety of applications. Palmchip's IP is based on its CoreFrameŇ integration technology. This technology is independent of processor, I/O or foundry, allowing designers flexibility in porting IP from any number of sources. Palmchip was established in 1996 and is today a privately held company based in San Jose, California (USA). More information can be obtained at

About Astro Semiconductor, Inc.
Astro Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company providing complex, low-power, high-performance analog and mixed-signal Intellectual Property (IP) in .18 micron, .13 micron and 90nm CMOS. Astro's IP address the complex analog and mixed-signal design challenges in rapidly growing storage, communications and consumer markets. Astro's products and technology allow its customers to integrate leading-edge analog functionality into their ICs, reduce implementation risk, and shorten time-to-market. Astro Semiconductor is located in San Jose, CA., founded in January 2002, and led by Anjan (AJ) Sen, CEO and Henry Jun, CTO. More information about the company, its products and services is available at or call 408-436-1548.

Palmchip, the palm leaf logo and CoreFrame are registered trademarks of Palmchip Corporation. AcurX, Matrix, Timing Taps, and CrosSwitch are trademark of Palmchip Corporation. Astro and Astro Semiconductor are registered trademarks of Astro Semiconductor.

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