IDT Focuses on Communication, Networking with Flow-Control Management

6/10/2003 - IDTTM (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.; Nasdaq: IDTI), a leading communications IC company, announced that it has evolved its distinctive competencies in the integration of advanced memory and logic architectures to create a new category of devices that the company estimates can enable system architects to reduce functional costs by up to 50 percent, depending upon the application. The company’s flow-control management ICs, an innovative superset of the IDT product portfolio targeting control and data-path applications, represent a new technology and product area for IDT. The IDT flow-control management product family combines the company’s expertise in memory technologies with critical logic functions, such as high-speed buffering, switching, multiplexing/de-multiplexing, domain transition and random and sequential access. Such functional requirements are found in equipment that implements prioritization, quality of service (QoS), and multi-data muxing/demuxing.

“We believe there is a growing need for functional ICs that bridge the gap between generic products and ASICs to address the critical needs of network systems,” said Rich Wawrzyniak, senior analyst at Semico Research. “I think IDT is on the right track with its new flow-control management devices to address myriad data-path requirements of designers.”

The IDT family of flow-control devices meet the special requirements of system architects who need to solve data-flow-control issues in their equipment designs and who have done so in the past using “home-grown” semiconductor solutions. Indeed, the emerging IDT off-the-shelf devices replace traditional methods of muxing multiple data streams at different data rates — typically accomplished with a multiplexer, multiple application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and external SRAM, DRAM or FIFOs. The new IDT flow-control devices also provide designers with a new approach to both sequential and random access of data using a single, highly integrated device. In addition to acting as a buffer, these new devices can be used to segregate and prioritize data at full-line rates through multiple queues. To support this function, designers previously utilized more expensive and cumbersome implementations.

“For years, we have watched customers manage the flow, control and buffering of data from multiple inputs in terabit routers, multi-service switching platforms, wireless base stations and data-acquisition applications using a myriad of home-grown solutions employing standalone memory such as SRAM and DRAM blocks and a portion of either an ASIC or FPGA for control,” stated Michael Olsen, director of strategic marketing for IDT. “Leveraging our distinctive competencies in the integration of advanced memory and logic, we have created a category of devices that integrate all of the specialized interfaces along with the critical memory architectural blocks, including FIFO, multi-port and SRAM memories. This will allow designers to off-load their ASICs or FPGAs for more critical processing tasks, thereby reducing design complexity and cost.”

The first products included in the IDT portfolio of flow-control management devices include the QuadMux and multi-queue flow-control ICs.

About IDT
IDT enhances the global network with semiconductor solutions for communications companies that lead innovation and drive convergence in voice, data and wireless networks. IDT is focused on enhancing system bandwidth with communications-specific products including network search engines, content inspection engines, flow-control management devices and the InterpriseTM family of integrated communications processors. The portfolio is also comprised of products optimized for communications applications, including telecom products, FIFOs, multi-ports, and clock management products. In addition, the product mix includes high-performance digital logic and high-speed SRAMs to meet the requirements of leading communications companies.

Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company employs approximately 3,100 people worldwide and has a wafer manufacturing facility in Oregon, and test and assembly facilities in the Philippines and Malaysia. IDT stock is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market® under the symbol “IDTI.” The company is included in the S&P 1000, which is a combination of the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 Indices. Additional information about IDT is easily accessible at

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