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
SOURCE Faraday Technology Corporation