Faraday Announces Peppercon as its First PC-1 Structured ASIC Mass Production Customer Peppercon, a Raritan Company, Ships KVM-over-IP Chips in Record Time Using

Faraday's PeripheralComposer Platform



    HSINCHU, Taiwan and ZWICKAU, Germany, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Faraday
 Technology (TAIEX: 3035), a leading ASIC and IP provider, today announced that
 Peppercon, a leader in the KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) solution market, has
 deployed Faraday's PeripheralComposer(TM) (PC-1) structured ASIC in its KVM
 controller chip, KIRA(TM)100. By making use of this application specific
 structured ASIC platform which pre-integrates USB, Ethernet and an ARM-
 architecture CPU, Peppercon was able to complete a four-million-gate design,
 get a first-cut working silicon implementation, and ramp up volume production
 -- all in record time. Several tier-one PC OEMs are evaluating Peppercon's
 KIRA100 for their KVM products.
     "It is exciting to announce Peppercon as our first PC-1 mass production
 customer," said H.P. Lin, President of Faraday Technology. "Structured ASICs
 have a reputation as low volume alternatives to traditional ASICs; but the
 successful mass production of PC-1 proves that Faraday's Composer product line
 can be used for high-volume applications, such as the KVM market, as well.
 Peppercon's implementation also brings important system insight which helps us
 plan structured ASIC platforms for the PC peripheral markets; we look forward
 to future cooperation and success with Peppercon."
     "Thanks to Faraday, our KIRA100 is the first chip of its kind to hit the
 market, and with a competitive price," said Swen Anderson, Peppercon's CTO.
 "Reducing cost, risk and time-to-revenue were critical factors in selecting
 Faraday's PC-1 structured ASIC platform. The PC-1's pre-verified standard cell
 slice shortened the design and production times, while reducing the overall
 die size. Moreover, the high-density metal programmable cell array (MPCA)
 gates of PC-1 help us differentiate our product. "
     The KIRA100 is based on a common modular and customizable feature-set,
 creating a virtual presence anywhere, anytime, over the Internet. IPMI 2.0
 support for system health management and mass storage support (virtual
 floppy/CD and drive redirection) are main features provided for complete
 platform control to OEM customers.
     "Faraday's structured ASIC platform strategy has been to dominate specific
 market segments with the smallest die size, and fastest parts turnaround
 time," said Dr. George Hwang, Vice President of R&D and Marketing at Faraday.
 "We are very glad that our PC-1 has helped our customer, Peppercon, to be
 successful in the KVM market. The PeripheralComposer product family will be a
 key revenue contributor to Faraday's structured ASIC business."
 
     About PeripheralComposer (PC-1)
     The PC-1 is the industry's first application-specific structured ASIC
 chip, which pre-diffuses an ARM architecture processor, USB, Ethernet,
 wireless features and other IP blocks in the base array, yet remains flexible
 for customization and differentiation. Proven engineering samples of the PC-1
 are available from Faraday today. Manufactured using UMC's 0.18um process and
 packaged in a FBGA, the PC-1 chip has only a 25-day turnaround time for
 production. For more information about the PC-1 structured ASIC, please
 contact a local Faraday sales representative or visit:
 http://www.faraday-tech.com/PeripheralComposer
 
     About Peppercon AG
     Peppercon develops, produces and markets innovative and advanced
 microprocessor-controlled remote maintenance and remote management products.
 Its solutions focus on providing cost efficiency, economy of space,
 lightweight form factor, modularity and usability; and are designed for SOHO
 (Small Office Home Office), corporate markets and data centers.  Peppercon
 products are designed to increase the availability (up-time) of servers,
 networking, telecom and industrial equipment and of mission-critical
 applications, resulting in enormous cost savings and reduction of TCO (Total
 Cost of Ownership). In April 2004, Peppercon became a unit of Raritan
 Computer, Inc. (Somerset, New Jersey USA). Peppercon's products are
 distributed worldwide by OEMs and by Raritan via an international network.
 Homepage:  www.peppercon.com
 
     About Faraday Technology Corporation
     Faraday Technology Corporation is a leading silicon IP and fabless ASIC
 vendor. The company's broad IP portfolio includes 32-bit RISC CPUs, USB 2.0,
 Ethernet, Serial ATA, and PCI-Express.  With more than 580 employees and
 revenue of $159 million for 2004, Faraday is one of the largest fabless ASIC
 companies in the Asia-Pacific region. It also has a significant presence in
 other markets, 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:  http://www.faraday-tech.com
 
      Press Contact, Faraday USA
      Selina Ko
      +1-408-522-8888 ext: 139
      selina@faraday-tech.com
 
      Press Contact, Peppercon AG
      Cornelia Jannasch
      +49-0-375-271349-33
      cja@peppercon.de
 
 

SOURCE Faraday Technology Corporation

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