StarGen Reveals Details of AXSys ASI Software Suite

8/23/2005 - StarGen, the leading developer of Advanced Switching Interconnect (ASI) solutions announced details of its AXSys ASI Software Suite, a highly integrated family of application software and development tools for Advanced Switching Interconnect fabric networks. The AXSys ASI Software Suite will be packaged in several configurations, providing capabilities from simple fabric setup and evaluation, to advanced features implementation and custom application integration with ASI components.

The AXSys ASI Software Suite is the key to rapid time-to-market with ASI designs. The AXSys Software exposes the power of ASI technology through tools and proven modules that accelerate development efforts and mitigate project risk. The AXSys Software Suite is unique from many competitive approaches in that it is not delivered as simple reference code but as a tightly integrated and fully validated set of complementary modules ranging from fabric management services to data movement engines and advanced applications. OEMs utilizing the AXSys Software Suite are provided with a wide variety of software tools and applications that are designed from the start to work together. To aid in flexibility and ensure interoperability OEMs can choose to implement the modules in a building block manner in any fashion that best achieves the traditional engineering trade-off challenges of performance, efficiency, cost, and time to market.

The AXSys ASI Software Suite consists of:

"In the past programmers had to first understand complex switch fabric devices, then write and debug thousands of lines of code to (1) Discover the topology, (2) Setup a route, and (3) Get statistics for the device. With the AXSys Software suite these complex steps are automatically performed by three simple API function calls with the right argument values," said Ibi Dhilla, Director of Software Development at StarGen. "Tools like the AXSys ASI Software Suite are fundamentally going to change the way engineers approach the complex task of fabric management and data movement."

The AXSys ASI Software Suite will begin field trials in October 2005 to select OEMs and StarGen partners. General availability is scheduled for Q1 2006.

The Fabric Management Library API and the Device Dependent Library specification will be published to ensure that all ASI compliant endpoints can leverage this powerful tool suite. This is scheduled for Q1 2006. Early development partners are adopting this framework now.

StarGen Multi-vendor AXSysView Demo at IDF
At the Fall Intel Developer Forum, StarGen (booth 825) is staging the first multi-vendor demonstration of ASI technology, featuring its AXSysView Software detecting and enumerating a system with both ASI and PCIe endpoints connected over both copper and optical media.

This demonstration includes an ASI endpoint based on Xilinx Advanced Switching IP. Mark Aaldering , Vice President - Embedded Processing & IP Divisions, Xilinx, Inc, commented "As the first company to deliver an ASI IP core, implemented in our Virtex®-II Pro FPGAs - the industry's most popular FPGA for serial design using the RocketIO™ serial transceivers, we have worked closely with silicon providers such as StarGen to ensure ASI interoperability. This is proof of the development of a robust ASI ecosystem to accelerate adoption in the industry."

About AXSys Architecture
AXSys, announced in March 2005 with initial customer samples shipped in June 2005, is the industry's first full suite of ASI compliant silicon and software that meets the performance, scalability, and flexibility demands for chip-to-chip and board-to-board interconnects in next generation compute, storage, and communication applications. The AXSys architecture is composed of a complementary family of switches, bridges, product development kits and a robust software suite. OEMs who implement the AXSys architecture are guaranteed 100% compliance to the ASI specification, full compatibility with PCI Express and future ASI SIG defined endpoints, as well as the ability to fully implement the ASI SIG fabric management standard. For more information on AXSys, please see related releases at

About StarGen
StarGen, based in Marlborough, MA, is a fabless semiconductor company providing unified interconnect solutions for compute and communication markets. StarGen's AXSys product line is based on the Advanced Switching Interconnect (ASI) and PCI Express standards and targets system OEMs developing platforms for compute, storage and communication applications. StarGen's successful 1st generation product, StarFabric, extends legacy PCI applications and is currently in use in over 75 designs with greater than 250,000 ports shipped around the world.

PCI Express is a trademark of PCI-SIG. Advanced Switching Interconnect and ASI are trademarks of the ASI-SIG. StarFabric and AXSys are trademarks of StarGen.

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