Faraday Delivers Silicon-Proven Structured ASIC Chips With ARM Architecture CPU, USB, Ethernet, and Wireless Connectivity Faraday's PC-1, the Industry's First Application-Specific Structured ASIC Now

Available to Chip Designers of Peripheral Interface Applications; The

Off-the-Shelf PC-1 Base Array Also Ready for Immediate Mass Production

    HSINCHU, Taiwan and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Faraday
 Technology Corporation (TAIEX: 3035), a leading ASIC and IP provider, today
 announced the availability of proven silicon for its PeripheralComposer-1(TM)
 (PC-1); the base array is also ready for mass production immediately. The PC-1
 is the industry's first application-specific structured ASIC chip which pre-
 diffuses an ARM architecture processor, USB, Ethernet, 802.11b and other IP
 blocks in the base array, while remains flexible for customization and
     While the emerging peripheral interfaces are playing off each other, the
 USB, Ethernet and 802.11 have become the most adopted interconnect functions
 in thousands of applications. However, for system products with 100,000 or
 less annual unit requirements, what designers really need is a solution that
 combines the flexibility of FPGA with the price/performance advantage of ASSP.
 Since the PC-1 has embedded essential IP blocks in a standard-cell base array,
 it features excellent die size even though it's a structured ASIC.
     "We are very excited about the first proven silicon of PeripheralComposer
 product line," said H.P. Lin, President of Faraday Technology. "Customers can
 greatly benefit from the significant NRE and unit price cost savings and
 time-to-volume advantages delivered by our off-the-shelf PC-1 base array."
     The PC-1 structured ASIC chip integrates a low-power 190MHz ARM
 architecture CPU, USB2.0 Device and OTG ports, a 10/100 Ethernet port, an
 encryption engine, memory controllers, optional 802.11b wireless LAN modem, an
 8-channel 10-bit 200 KSPS ADC, and other system peripherals and connectivity
 blocks. There are one million Metal Programmable Cell Array (MPCA) gates,
 64 Kbyte memories, and 153 pins of Programmable I/Os for customization and
 differentiation. The PC-1 structured ASIC chip comes with a set of
 comprehensive software and hardware development tools, which include: Linux
 and WinCE.Net operating systems, IDE, companion IP non-OS drivers, ICE,
 evaluation boards, and documentation.
     "Faraday is unique in providing application-focused structured ASIC
 solutions which have appropriate IP contents," said Dr. George Hwang, Vice
 President of R&D and Marketing of Faraday. "We are excited to announce the
 proven silicon of PC-1 to our customers, and looking forward to the silicon
 validation of our next Composer structured ASIC family."
     Availability and Pricing
     Proven engineering samples of the PC-1 is available from Faraday now.
 Manufactured in UMC's 0.18um process and packaged in 308-/388-/384-/484-pin
 FBGA, the PC-1 chips takes only 25-day turn-around time. The typical NRE is
 $144,000 and the chip is priced at $13 in 10,000 piece quantities. For more
 information about the PC-1 structured ASIC, please contact local sales or
 visit:  http://www.faraday-tech.com/PeripheralComposer .
     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 550 employees and 2004
 revenue of $159 million, Faraday is one of the largest fabless ASIC companies
 in the Asia-Pacific region, and 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 HQ               Press Contact, Faraday USA
      Diana Wu                                Selina Ko
      +1-886-3-578-7888 ext. 8032             +1-408-522-8888 ext: 139
      diana@faraday-tech.com                  selina@faraday-tech.com

SOURCE Faraday Technology Corporation

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