- Network, Storage, Wireless Base Station and Telecom Customers to get first look at new architecture
- Magma and Cswitch to jointly demonstrate EDA Tools for new chip
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- July 10, 2006-- Cswitch(TM) Corporation, a privately held semiconductor company, will preview its Configurable Switch Array chip technology at the 43rd Design Automation Conference (DAC) held from July 24-28 in San Francisco. The new and innovative architecture offers performance levels approaching an ASIC -- including bandwidth up to 100Gbps -- with the configurability of an FPGA.
For nearly two years, Cswitch has worked closely with design engineers at industry-leading equipment manufacturers to define a completely new architecture based on custom-designed configurable structures that move, edit, and store packets at performance levels similar to today's high performance processors. The combination of custom structures with configurability allows designers to build their high performance equipment in a manner similar to FPGAs thereby gaining a critical time-to-market advantage.
"Cswitch set out to solve one of the biggest dilemmas facing system architects today, namely, how to build next generation network infrastructure equipment with chips that have ASIC performance, but without spending $20-$30 million on development costs," said Doug Laird, President and CEO of Cswitch Corporation. He added, "By partnering with Cswitch, they will be able to accelerate product delivery, build the most sophisticated equipment, and preserve their profit margins."
"Cswitch has come up with a unique architecture that for the first time allows networking customers to cost effectively replace ASICs with a configurable, high performance and low power solution," said former Altera Corporation executive Erik Cleage, an adviser to the Cswitch board of directors. "The market that Cswitch is targeting is larger than today's FPGA market and is one that can not be addressed with a traditional FPGA architecture."
Cswitch has partnered with Magma(R) Design Automation, a provider of semiconductor design software, to offer a feature-rich and optimized design flow for its customers. This design solution will be demonstrated at DAC 2006.
"Cswitch's Configurable Switch Array Chip offers enhanced flexibility and performance to a broad set of customers who demand bandwidth such as networking, storage, and telecom manufacturers," said Kam Kittrell, general manager of Magma's Design Implementation Business Unit. "With the design tool from Magma, designers will be able to leverage the advanced capabilities the Configurable Switch Array Chip has to offer."
"Magma has been an excellent partner in developing a robust tool chain that will allow engineers to build performance-driven systems efficiently utilizing Cswitch's architecture," said Laird. He added, "Magma's programmable logic design tools provide engineers with capabilities similar to those found in ASIC tool environments, yet with the ease of use and rapid deployment of an FPGA tool."
Founded in 2003, Cswitch is a privately held semiconductor company based in Santa Clara, CA. Cswitch develops high performing configurable solutions for the networking, storage, wireless base station and telecom markets and plans to release its first product later in 2006.
Cswitch, Configurable Switch Array and the Cswitch logo are trademarks of Cswitch Corporation.
For more information on Cswitch Corporation, visit www.cswitch.com.