StarGen, Digital-Logic to Integrate StarFabric with PC/104 Boards

9/4/2003 - StarGen, a semiconductor company that supplies advanced serial switched interconnect solutions, announced that it has partnered with Digital-Logic, a worldwide leader in embedded computing, to offer a PC/104-based, universally applicable, embedded computing solution. In addition to an integrated StarFabric interface, specific board features include flexible memory components, cost structure considerations, and high performance capabilities.

The standard version of Digital-Logic's new board is an extension of its series of PC/104plus boards. It includes the SG2010 StarFabric Controller, providing two channels with 2.5Gbit/sec bi-directional interfaces. The PC/104plus StarFabric may work in a root or in a leaf mode. In the root mode, a PC/104plus CPU Board drives the StarFabric controller to interact with the connected (RJ-45 cables) StarFabric-nodes (in the leaf mode). The Digital-Logic's PC/104plus-based CPU products integrate the whole PC functionality (VGA, LAN, HD, S/P, PS/2) on the size of 90 x 96mm with up to a Pentium-III processor with a memory of 256Mbyte.

If the PC/104plus StarFabric board is working in the leaf-mode, then the board replaces all functions, normally performed by a CPU board (generating PCI-clocks, 3.3V supply, PCI-terminations, and others). As StarFabric is designed specifically for low power consumption, the new board makes applications possibilities ranging from navigation, telecommunications, peripheral computing, medical and measurement technologies, military and aerospace equipment, automotive electronics, and Internet terminals.

"We've become a leader in our space by consistently examining the market and teaming up with the most innovative players," said Felix Kunz, founder and president of Digital-Logic. "StarGen offers a best-of-breed solution that is compatible with our commitment to provide high-performance, low-cost solutions to the embedded computing market."

StarGen's StarFabric solution is a high-speed, point-to-point switched backplane and chassis-to-chassis interconnect solution for scalable and highly available embedded systems. StarFabric is currently in full production with tens of thousands of ports shipped to over 50 companies worldwide.

"This relationship with Digital-Logic is our chance to reinforce our positioning in the global embedded market," said Tracy Richardson, co-founder and president of StarGen. "Digital Logic's line of PC/104 boards is the perfect showcase for the benefits of StarFabric – namely the attributes of high performance, high flexibility, and high scalability."

Digital-Logic's new PC/104plus StarFabric board will be demonstrated at the Embedded Systems Conference Boston (September 15-18 at the Hynes Convention Center) as part of Advanced Digital Logic's booth #301. This is the first public demonstration of a PC/104 system utilizing StarFabric by any company globally.

About Digital-Logic
Luterbach/Switzerland-based DIGITAL-LOGIC AG, which is one of the world's leading companies in the embedded computer market, has been involved in the development, manufacture and international marketing of highly-integrated embedded PCs since 1992. The group has subsidiaries/partners in Germany and the USA, and currently employs more than 100 specialist staff world-wide. Digital-Logic AG has received many awards and knows how to be at the leading edge of technology with innovative, reliable products and realise economical PC solutions for demanding applications. The ISO9001 certified company offers a comprehensive range of PC/104 and PC/104plus, EBX-Boards, smartModules (system on modules) and customer-specific embedded PCs from 386's to Pentium III's. With their system-on-module computer modules "smartModule" the company is setting new standards in the use of embedded PC's.

About StarGen
StarGen is a semiconductor company providing advanced serial switched interconnect solutions for compute and communications equipment. It is the leading designer of low-overhead, protocol-agnostic, open standards-based serial switched architectures, which enable system designers to bring new capabilities to their system while using existing standards-based parts. StarGen’s currently shipping StarFabric product line benefits vendors of access communication platforms for voice, data, and video networks as well as vendors of embedded systems needing enhanced switched PCI capability. StarGen is also currently developing StarXpress, a complementary line of products built upon the Advanced Switching standard and compatible with PCI Express™. These products will be ideal solutions for blade server, storage, and mid-range communications applications. StarGen's switched interconnect products provide a dramatic increase in equipment performance, scalability, reliability, and Quality of Service while maintaining backward compatibility to existing standards based hardware and software. StarGen ( is headquartered in Marlborough, MA.

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