Faraday's IP and SoC Service Helps StorLink's 130nm Dual-CPU Network Processor to Penetrate Networking and HomeMarket

Industry's Most Cost-Effective and Power-Efficient Dual-CPU Integrated

Network Processor Brings Enterprise Systems to Homes and Small Businesses

Sep 11, 2006, 01:00 ET from Faraday Technology Corporation

    HSINCHU, Taiwan and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Faraday
 Technology (TAIEX: 3035), a leading IP and ASIC provider, today announced
 it is supplying dual-core network processor SoC design to StorLink
 Semiconductor for its Gemini(TM) family targeting IP set-top-box, VoIP
 gateway, media server with RAID, NAS and gigabit router gateway markets.
 Faraday's market-proven ARM-architecture FA526 CPU cores and SoC design
 expertise accelerated the successful development of this high-speed,
 low-power and cost-effective NPU SoC for StorLink.
     Much of the motivation for building a multi-core processor comes from
 the increasing difficulty of improving processor performance by increasing
 the operating frequency. Multi-core design can make use of proven CPU core
 library designs and produce a high-performance SoC with lower risk of
 design error. Other advantages of multi-core SoCs over using discrete CPUs
 include: reduced latency, higher clock rate for cache coherency circuitry,
 lower power consumption, and smaller die size.
     StorLink's Gemini product line deploys dual 32-bit Faraday
 ARM-Compatible FA CPU cores to provide 800 MIPS (400 MIPS per CPU) of
 processing performance, with 60% less power dissipation when compared with
 industry leaders' solutions. In addition to its mere 1.5W total power
 consumption, the IC also features programmable power management for power
 sensitive applications. This chip also packed with integrated functions
 such as dual Gigabit Ethernet MAC, dual USB 2.0 host & device selectable
 interfaces, a 66 MHz 32-bit PCI interface, dual IDE (parallel-ATA and
 serial-ATA) hard-drive controllers, a DDR memory controller, feature rich
 hardware security engine, and a proprietary NetEngine(TM) TCP/IP protocol
 accelerator. Faraday's broad IP portfolio and solid SoC integration flow
 helped StorLink complete the SoC design in time.
     "Faraday has played a key role in the success of StorLink's Gemini
 SoC," said Dr. Stewart Wu, President and CEO of StorLink Semiconductors.
 "By levering Faraday's market-proven IPs and SoC design expertise, we can
 focus on our core competence and application software development."
     "Faraday's and StorLink's engineering teams worked together closely to
 ensure the complex dual-core SoC design meet both the high performance and
 low power dissipation requirements of the networking and home market," said
 Dr. George Hwang, Vice President of R&D and Marketing at Faraday. "I'm
 extremely delighted that Faraday's long, established relationship with
 StorLink has resulted yet another successful SoC project."
     About StorLink Semiconductor
     StorLink Semiconductors, Inc. is a privately held fabless semiconductor
 design company that develops high performance and cost effective IC
 solutions for the gigabit networking and consumer electronics applications.
 Founded in 2002 by Dr. Stewart Wu, a former executive at Broadcom
 Corporation, the company continues to develop innovative hardware and
 software products that enable the convergence of data, voice, video, gaming
 in networking and storage.
     About Faraday Technology Corporation
     Faraday Technology Corporation is a leading silicon IP and fabless ASIC
 vendor founded in 1993. 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, 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:
     Press Contact, Faraday         Press Contact, StorLink Semiconductors
     Selina Ko                      Douglas Cheung
     Marketing Manager              Vice President of Marketing and Sales
     +886.3.578.7888 ext. 8350      +1.650.988.0700 ext. 116
     selina@faraday-tech.com        dcheung@storlinksemi.com

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