Advantest Selects StarGen's StarFabric Technology for New Testers

9/1/2004 - StarGen, a semiconductor company specializing in advanced serial switched interconnect solutions, announced that Advantest, the leading developer of Automated Test Equipment for the semiconductor industry, is using StarGen’s StarFabric bridge and switch devices in their new testers.

Advantest chose StarFabric because of its 2.5Gb/second performance capabilities and re-configurable fabric features. The high speed serial nature of StarFabric and its ability to span rack to room scale distances provides a tremendous advantage in configuring test equipment. These features gave Advantest added capabilities for interconnect between test heads and CPUs. In addition, StarFabric’s PCI compatibility allowed Advantest designers to interface to existing PCI buses and reduced development time.

"StarFabric technology provides Advantest engineers with the ability to offer more flexible, advanced test solutions to the industry, and its compatibility with existing architecture simplified the design and accelerated the design process," said Kawasaki Kunihiko, manager of Advantest.

“Advantest is a technology leader in the ATE industry,” said Tim Miller, CEO of StarGen. “We are pleased to have our products selected by Advantest to extend the capabilities of their testers. With the added capabilities of StarFabric, Advantest is able to provide leading edge solutions to their customers.”

StarGen has experienced widespread adoption of StarFabric, having 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. 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 customers’ 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.

StarGen has leveraged the experience and expertise gained through StarFabric to develop a new product line, slated for delivery in early 2005, comprising a family of bridges and switches based on the emerging PCI Express and Advanced Switching industry standards. This new portfolio provides high bandwidth serial switched interconnect solutions for next-generation communication, storage, server, and embedded system designs that require solutions for backplane scalability, peer-to-peer computing, multiple protocols, flexible topologies, and high bandwidth/low latency performance. StarGen has been a major driver in the development of the Advanced Switching (AS) specifications that will define the dominant next-generation interconnect standard for storage, blade server, embedded and communications equipment, and is a sponsor of the newly formed Advanced Switching Interconnect Special Interest Group (ASI SIG).

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 (www.stargen.com) is headquartered in Marlborough, MA.

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

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