Peppercon, a Raritan Company, Ships KVM-over-IP Chips in Record Time Using Faraday’s PeripheralComposer PlatformHSINCHU, Taiwan and Zwickau, Germany – September 23, 2005
-- Faraday Technology (TAIEX: 3035), a leading ASIC and IP provider, today announced that Peppercon, a leader in the KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) solution market, has deployed Faraday's PeripheralComposer™ (PC-1) structured ASIC in its KVM controller chip, KIRA™100. By making use of this application specific structured ASIC platform which pre-integrates USB, Ethernet and an ARM-architecture CPU, Peppercon was able to complete a four-million-gate design, get a first-cut working silicon implementation, and ramp up volume production – all in record time. Several tier-one PC OEMs are evaluating Peppercon's KIRA100 for their KVM products.
“It is exciting to announce Peppercon as our first PC-1 mass production customer,” said H.P. Lin, President of Faraday Technology . “Structured ASICs have a reputation as low volume alternatives to traditional ASICs; but the successful mass production of PC-1 proves that Faraday's Composer product line can be used for high-volume applications, such as the KVM market, as well. Peppercon's implementation also brings important system insight which helps us plan structured ASIC platforms for the PC peripheral markets; we look forward to future cooperation and success with Peppercon.”
“Thanks to Faraday, our KIRA100 is the first chip of its kind to hit the market, and with a competitive price,” said Swen Anderson, Peppercon's CTO. “Reducing cost, risk and time-to-revenue were critical factors in selecting Faraday's PC-1 structured ASIC platform. The PC-1's pre-verified standard cell slice shortened the design and production times, while reducing the overall die size. Moreover, the high-density metal programmable cell array (MPCA) gates of PC-1 help us differentiate our product. ”
The KIRA100 is based on a common modular and customizable feature-set, creating a virtual presence anywhere, anytime, over the Internet. IPMI 2.0 support for system health management and mass storage support (virtual floppy/CD and drive redirection) are main features provided for complete platform control to OEM customers.
“Faraday's structured ASIC platform strategy has been to dominate specific market segments with the smallest die size, and fastest parts turnaround time,” said Dr. George Hwang, Vice President of R&D and Marketing at Faraday. “We are very glad that our PC-1 has helped our customer, Peppercon, to be successful in the KVM market. The PeripheralComposer product family will be a key revenue contributor to Faraday's structured ASIC business.”About PeripheralComposer (PC-1)
The PC-1 is the industry's first application-specific structured ASIC chip which pre-diffuses an ARM architecture processor, USB, Ethernet, wireless features and other IP blocks in the base array, yet remains flexible for customization and differentiation. Proven engineering samples of the PC-1 are available from Faraday today. Manufactured using UMC's 0.18um process and packaged in a FBGA, the PC-1 chip has only a 25-day turnaround time for production. For more information about the PC-1 structured ASIC, please contact a local Faraday sales representative or visit: http://www.faraday-tech.com/PeripheralComposerAbout Peppercon AG
Peppercon develops, produces and markets innovative and advanced microprocessor-controlled remote maintenance and remote management products. Its solutions focus on providing cost efficiency, economy of space, lightweight form factor, modularity and usability; and are designed for SOHO (Small Office Home Office), corporate markets and data centers. Peppercon products are designed to increase the availability (up-time) of servers, networking, telecom and industrial equipment and of mission-critical applications, resulting in enormous cost savings and reduction of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). In April 2004, Peppercon became a unit of Raritan Computer, Inc. (Somerset, New Jersey USA). Peppercon's products are distributed worldwide by OEMs and by Raritan via an international network. Homepage: www.peppercon.comAbout 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, DSPs, MPEG4, H.264, PHYs/Controllers for USB 2.0, Ethernet, Serial ATA and PCI Express. With more than 500 employees and 2004 revenue of US$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 world-wide markets. 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