SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Electronic
Components, Inc. (TAEC)* today announced that iStor Networks, Inc.(TM), a
leading technology provider for network storage controller solutions, selected
the Toshiba Corporation (Toshiba) 0.13-micron process technology to enable its
GigaStorATX(TM) storage controller solution for SAN over IP. At the heart of
the iStor iSCSI solution is the highly integrated, high-performance iSNP8008
iSCSI/TCP/IP off-load custom SoC. The device houses embedded processors
running a fully featured, integrated Storage Virtualization firmware stack and
can sustain 10GbE wire speed iSCSI traffic.
"It was key for us to develop a relationship for predictable development
and delivery," said Simon Huang, co-founder, president and chief executive
officer at iStor Networks, Inc. "The Toshiba SoC enables a very cost-
effective solution, compared to other iSCSI storage controller options."
iStor performed an extensive evaluation and concluded that Toshiba stood out
from the alternatives both strategically and tactically. As Toshiba holds a
significant technological lead in delivering production-volume, high-yield
90nm and 130nm custom SoCs and ASICs, iStor realized that it would not be
compromised by technical constraints. Toshiba worked closely with iStor to
provide a turnkey solution that allowed iStor to achieve the required level of
integration and the high pin counts needed for its product while lowering the
"The collaborative teams from iStor and Toshiba met the iStor market
window, allowing iStor to introduce an innovative product into a high-
potential growth market while meeting cost and performance targets. iStor can
potentially drive rapid adoption of the iSCSI standard by providing a custom
SoC that allows storage vendors to come to market faster and reduce their
overall costs for iSCSI-based storage systems," said Dr. Rakesh Sethi,
director of business development in the Custom SoC and Foundry Business Unit
"The iStor design goal was to lower the cost-per-gigabyte of storage along
with achieving high levels of integration," Dr. Sethi continued. "We used a
hyper-accelerated design flow and our proven 0.13-micron process technology to
expedite the development and delivery of an advanced single-chip SoC that
replaced eight chips and controllers." The iStor single-chip SoC replaced two
or more iSCSI/TOE/network chips, one to two fire-breathing Intel processor
chips, a three-chip processor chipset and two SATA RAID controllers.
For more information on the iStor collaborative experience in the Toshiba
SoC World, please visit:
http://www.toshiba.com/taec/adinfo/socworld/casestudies.html. The website
recognizes customers whose advanced ICs are making a difference in the Toshiba
Custom SoC World.
About iStor Networks, Inc.
iStor Networks, Inc. was founded in early 2002 and based in Irvine, Calif.
iStor Networks(TM) leverages its core R&D competency in storage and network
technologies, ASIC design and massive parallel processing to provide reliable,
available and scalable storage products.
The company's mission is to provide storage products that enable OEMs,
VARs and System Integrators to deliver cutting-edge, value-added storage
networking features to any organization. More information is available at:
Combining quality and flexibility with design engineering expertise, TAEC
brings a breadth of advanced, next-generation technologies to its customers.
This broad offering includes memory and flash memory-based storage solutions,
a broad range of discrete devices, displays, medical tubes, ASICs, custom
SOCs, microprocessors, microcontrollers and wireless components for the
computing, wireless, networking, automotive and digital consumer markets.
TAEC is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a
subsidiary of Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba), Japan's second largest semiconductor
manufacturer and the world's ninth largest integrated manufacturer of electric
and electronic equipment. In almost 130 years of operation, Toshiba has
recorded numerous firsts and made many valuable contributions to technology
and society. For additional company and product information, please visit
TAEC's website at chips.toshiba.com. For technical inquiries, please e-mail
Information in this press release, including product pricing and
specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and
believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to
change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained
here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications.
In developing designs, please ensure that Toshiba products are used within
specified operating ranges as set forth in the most recent Toshiba product
specifications and the information set forth in Toshiba's "Handling Guide for
Semiconductor Devices," or "Toshiba Semiconductor Reliability Handbook." This
information is available at www.chips.toshiba.com, or from your TAEC
All trademarks and tradenames used herein are the properties of their
respective holders. iStor Networks, Inc. and GigaStorATX are trademarks of
iStor Networks, Inc.
SOURCE Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.