Faraday Offers Peripheral Composer, the Fastest Time-to-Market Structured ASIC for Peripheral Interface Chips

Application Specific Base Array with ARM Core, USB, Ethernet, Wireless

Connectivity, and One Million Programmable Logic Gates Helps Customers Develop

Low-Cost ASICs at a Fraction of Time

Mar 28, 2005, 00:00 ET from Faraday Technology Corporation

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. and HSINCHU, Taiwan, March 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Faraday Technology Corporation (TAIEX: 3035), a leading provider of ASIC
 design services and silicon IP, today announced the PeripheralComposer-1
 (PC-1), a new member of its Composer(TM) application specific structured ASIC
 product line. Based on the ARM processor architecture and integrating USB and
 Ethernet, Faraday's PC-1 is positioned to serve a variety of embedded systems
 which have wired or wireless interconnects requirements.
     The PC-1 prediffuses IP blocks essential to data networkings and system
 interconnections in the base array, while remains flexible for customization
 and differentiation. Since the base array is pre-verified and
 pre-manufactured, it also significantly reduces customers' design and
 manufacturing time.
     "We are very excited to introduce the PC-1, which not only combines the
 best of ASSPs and FPGAS, but also significantly lower customers' ASIC design
 barrier," said C.J. Liang, Associate R&D Vice President of Faraday. "Moreover,
 all essential IP blocks are pre-integrated and pre-manufactured in the
 standard cell base layers, making PC-1 outperform other vendors' general
 purpose structured ASIC platforms, which could suffer significant die size and
 performance penalities."
     Specifications and Features
     Base array:  The PC-1 platform chip integrates the FA526, a low-power
 190MHz ARM architecture CPU, one USB2.0 OTG port and one USB2.0 Device port, a
 10/100 Ethernet port, an encryption engine, SRAM/Flash/SDRAM memory
 controllers, optional 802.11b wireless LAN modem, and other system peripherals
 and connectivity blocks including I2C cores, UARTs, RTC, timer, interrupt
 controller and power management. Since many peripheral applications require
 sensors to capture real-life data, an 8-channel 10-bit 200 KSPS ADC is also
     Programmable logics:  Faraday's industry-leading Metal Programmable Cell
 Array (MPCA) has 70% of the density and 90% of the performance of standard
 cells. It allows customers to program their own designs using the top three
 metal layers. In the PC-1 there are one million MPCA gates, 60 KByte memories,
 153 pins of Programmable I/Os, and connections for AHB/APB Masters and Slaves.
     The platform chip comes with a set of comprehensive software and hardware
 development tools, which include:  Linux and WinCE.Net operating systems, IDE
 (compiler/assembler/linker), companion IP drivers, ICE, IA protocols,
 evaluation boards, and documentation.
     "There are hundreds of peripheral applications with 100,000 units or less
 annual volume which require low NRE cost and fast turnaround time. Faraday's
 PC-1 is the best fit for these markets," said Dr. George Hwang, R&D and
 Marketing Vice President of Faraday. "We'll keep rolling out more Composer
 products to serve the fast growing needs for platforms of specific
     Availability and Pricing
     Engineering samples of the PC-1 will be available on June 2005.
 Manufactured in UMC's 0.18um process and packaged in 308-/388-/484-pin FBGA,
 the PC-1 chips take 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 visit
 http://www.faraday-tech.com/PeripheralComposer .
     About the Composer Product Line
     Faraday's Composer family is application specific structured ASIC
 platforms which embedded all necessary IP blocks in the pre-manufactured base
 arrays, and allow customers add their own logic designs on the top three metal
 layers to create differentiated chips at a fraction of NRE fee and turn-around
 time of traditional ASICs. Faraday's current Composer offerings include the
 NetComposer (NC) for networking and communication markets, and the
 PeripheralComposer (PC) for peripheral interface chips.
     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 500 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 .
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