Faraday Announces Highly-Integrated Programmable SerDes-Based Communication Platform ASIC

Oct 03, 2006, 01:00 ET from Faraday Technology Corporation

    HSINCHU, Taiwan and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Faraday
 Technology Corporation (TAIEX: 3035), a leading ASIC, Structured ASIC and
 IP provider, today announced NC Express(TM), the most state-of-the-art
 member of its flagship Composer(TM) Structured ASIC product line targeting
 communication, networking and enterprise applications. The device is a
 highly integrated SoC platform that combines Faraday's industry leading
 Metal Programmable Cell Array (MPCA(TM)) Structured ASIC technology with a
 high- performance low-latency data path architecture.
     Semiconductor and system companies can use Faraday's NC Express to
 serve as a foundation platform for architecting a cost-effective merchant
 SoC/ASSP device or system-level ASICs. With 60% of the final design already
 completed using silicon-proven IP blocks, NC Express enables complex
 networking chips to be developed with 1/2 the engineering resources, a
 fraction of the NRE costs, while offering a minimum of 3x faster time to
 market advantage to SoC design teams. The device solves real SoC challenges
 by reducing IP verification and evaluation time, mitigating physical design
 and signal integrity risks associated with high-speed I/O integration,
 while future proofing the device with metal programmability.
     Launched as the follow-on to the company's successful NetComposer-1
 (NC-1) platform, NC Express is the first in a family of SerDes-based
 platform ASIC products broadening Faraday's reach into networking, data
 center, security, and enterprise end markets, with built-in intelligence
 for dual-core SoC designs. The device includes a number of pre-diffused
 communication controllers, eight programmable multi-protocol SerDes
 channels supporting PCIe, GbE, 10GbE/XAUI, SATA/SAS, FC, and sRIO date
 rates (1.25 - 3.125 Gbps), a 400/533 MHz DDR-2 memory controller with ECC,
 and a high-speed ARM(TM)v4 compatible CPU running Linux O/S with associated
 peripherals. Additionally, the chip includes 4x GbE MACs, a10GbE/XAUI MAC,
 and a complete PCI Express controller with associated SerDes PCS layers.
     The metal programmable flexibility combined with advanced system-level
 IP integration in NC Express make the device suitable for a variety of SoC
 designs targeting high-performance, low-cost, and yet power-sensitive
 applications including various AdvancedMC(TM) I/O blades for ATCA and
 MicroTCA(TM) platforms (AMC.x); NICs for server, storage and data centers;
 networking protocol bridges; and single-chip enterprise, NAS, and home
 gateway designs.
     "The NC Express is a result of several years of market research and R&D
 cooperation with our key customers and IP partners," said H.P. Lin,
 President of Faraday Technology Corporation. "The product demonstrates our
 commitment to the platform ASIC market as a vehicle to enable our customers
 to significantly reduce development costs and risks."
     "With increasing cost to develop an ASIC, the NC Express product offers
 a timely, cost-effective and flexible alternative for medium-volume market
 segments," said Jag Bolaria, Senior Analyst at the Linley Group. "The
 product's metal programmable technology enables companies to apply a common
 architecture across multiple applications."
     "NC Express builds on our successful application-oriented and market-
 focused Platform ASIC strategy," said Christopher Moezzi, Vice President of
 Marketing and Business Development for Faraday's International Business
 Unit. "Our differentiated approach in architecting Platform ASICs has
 enabled our ASSP customers to concentrate their design efforts on portions
 of the SoC where they add the most value, resulting in rapid portfolio
 expansion, faster time to market, and earlier ROI."
     Pricing and Availability:
     The FPGA EVB board for the NC Express is available now for customer
 evaluation, and Faraday is ready to accept customer Netlists for NC Express
 designs for samples in 2007. Unit volume pricing and NRE charges are
 available upon request.
     Faraday will be demonstrating the NC express FPGA evaluation board
 during Oct 17-19th at the ATCA Summit in Santa Clara, CA.
     About Faraday Technology Corporation
     Faraday Technology Corporation is a leading silicon IP and fabless ASIC
 vendor. The company's broad IP portfolio includes cell libraries, memory
 compilers, 32-bit RISC CPUs, DSPs, MPEG4, H.264, PHYs/Controllers for USB
 2.0, 10/100 Ethernet, Serial ATA, PCI Express, etc. With more than 650
 employees and 2005 revenue of US$175 million, Faraday is one of the largest
 fabless ASIC companies in the Asia-Pacific region, and it also has
 significant presences worldwide. Headquartered in Taiwan, Faraday has
 service and support offices around the world, including the U.S., Japan,
 Europe, and China. For more information, please visit: www.faraday-tech.com
     Press Contact, US Office
     Christopher Moezzi
     +1.408.522.8888 ext 111
     Press Contact, Headquarters:
     Selina Ko
     +886.3.578.7888 ext: 8350

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