Contec Develops PCMCIA Card with StarGen's StarFabric Bridge

8/10/2004 - StarGen, a semiconductor company specializing in advanced serial switched interconnect solutions, announced that Contec, a leading developer of embedded computing and industrial interconnects, has developed a PCI Expansion solution on a PCMCIA card using StarGen’s StarFabric bridge.

Contec chose to use StarFabric for its new Extended Adapter for Bus Extension System solution because of its 2.5Gb/second serial interconnect, re-configurable fabric features, 100% backwards compatibility to PCI and its ability to enable external interconnect up to 40 feet over CAT5 cable.

“StarFabric technology provides Contec with the ability to offer more flexible, advanced solutions to the industry, enabling our customers to develop their next-generation solutions," said Hideki Ishikawa, department manager of Contec Devices and Components business unit. "Since Contec is always acting from the customer's viewpoint, we take up new challenges in a wide range of all automation operations utilizing personal computers,” continued Mr. Ishikawa, “We provide an extensive lineup of value-added devices and components, as well as customer-oriented systems and solutions featuring microcomputers, personal computers and communication.”

“We are pleased to have our products selected by Contec, a known technology leader in the automation industry, to extend the capabilities of their solutions,” said Tim Miller, CEO of StarGen. “With the added capabilities that StarFabric provides, CONTEC is able to offer leading edge solutions to its customers. It is exciting that Contec developed the first StarFabric PCI Expansion solution with the PCMCIA form factor.”

StarGen has experienced widespread adoption of StarFabric. StarFabric is unique in the market as a low-cost, easy-to-adopt, customer-tested, switched interconnect technology that is solving real world problems today in customer’s production systems. With its StarFabric product line including the SG1010 StarFabric Switch and the SG2010 PCI-to-StarFabric Bridge, StarGen has continued to be a leader in providing solutions to embedded and communication equipment OEMs.

In a related release, StarGen announced this week that Wade Appelman has joined the company as vice president of marketing and business development. These announcements follow a string of positive news for the company, including the recent addition of Maria Ottaviano as corporate controller and the closing of an $8.5 million round of venture funding.

CONTEC, a global corporation with headquarters in Osaka, Japan, is Japan’s largest PC-based data acquisition manufacturer. They operate primarily in the fields of automation & control and information related technologies. CONTEC provides an extensive line of products including bus expansion systems, single board computers, flat panel touch screen displays, integrated panel computers and web-enabled monitor and control interfaces. CONTEC’s U.S. offices ( are located in San Jose, California.

About StarGen
StarGen is a fabless semiconductor company and has sold over two hundred thousand StarFabric ports to more than 50 customers worldwide, with design wins across a broad spectrum of markets including storage, communications, high performance imaging, automated test, and video distribution, among many others.

The Advanced Switching product line, slated for delivery in early 2005, will feature a family of bridges and switches based on the emerging PCI Express and Advanced Switching Interconnect industry standards. StarGen is also a sponsor of the Advanced Switching Interconnect Special Interest Group (ASI SIG) and chairs the Marketing Work Group and key Technical Work Groups.

StarGen ( is headquartered in Marlborough, MA.

PCI Express is a trademark of PCI-SIG. StarGen and StarFabric are trademarks of StarGen.

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