Arasan Chip Systems Licenses the SDIO Device IP Core to Samsung Electronics

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 13, 2006— Arasan Chip Systems Inc ("Arasan"), a leading supplier of reusable Intellectual Property (IP's) cores, has licensed its SDIO Device Controller IP Core to Samsung Electronics, Korea. Arasan's IP will be used in a wide range of Samsung Products.

Arasan was the first company in the World to release the SDIO Device IP Core in 2001 and has multiple licensees in production. Arasan's SDIO Device Controller IP Core conforms to SDIO Device Specification version 1.20, with support for 50 Mhz operation giving a maximum throughput of 200 Mbps in SD-4 bit mode. Version 1.20 also provides for operation at 1.8V making the SDIO Standard ideal for Mobile Phones. Arasan also has the SDIO Combo Controller core which supports the SD Memory functionality in addition to I/O.

Arasan provides a Total Solution to all its licensees and its IP deliverables include Verilog RTL source code, Test Environment, Firmware, Development boards with reference designs and complete technical documentation. The Total Solution Package also includes optional SDIO Development tools like the SDIO Linux Stack and the SDIO Device Validation platform. Arasan's SDIO Validation platform, which consists of Arasan's PCI Card based SDIO Host Hardware Development Kit (HDK), is the easiest way for SDIO IC designers and software engineers to prototype their chips, develop drivers for Win CE, XP & Linux and give customer demonstrations. The SDIO Host Card is FPGA based and can be programmed with the latest version of Arasan's SD/SDIO Host IP core compliant to Version 1.00 or 2.00, ensuring that our platform is the "reference" standard.

Licensees of Arasan's SDIO Device Core include companies like Intel, Sony, Broadcom, Infineon, CSR, ST Micro, Motorola etc. making Arasan's solution the Industry Standard.

About Samsung

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (SEC) is one of the top-ten electronics manufacturers in the world and an acknowledged leader in the digital convergence revolution. Since its inception in 1969, SEC has successfully transitioned from an analog driven product line to a cutting-edge and award-winning digital innovator that is currently the world's number one manufacturer of CDMA cell phones, LCD and CRT monitors, DRAM memory chips and microwave ovens. With worldwide electronic product sales of $36.9 billion, over 75,000 employees in 87 facilities, and a global network in 47 countries, Samsung is truly a global giant and has been recognized as one of the world's Top 100 Brands by Business Week magazine.

About Arasan

Arasan Chip Systems, Inc., founded in 1995, is a leading supplier of Reusable Intellectual Property (IP) cores, semiconductors and electronic design services. Arasan's product portfolio is focused on Bus Interfaces and includes IP's for USB 1.1 & 2.0, PCI, MMC and SDIO technologies. Arasan's products and services enable businesses to develop and leverage product design and development. Arasan Chip Systems is a Executive Member of the SD Association and participates in all the workgroups, including the SDIO Compliance Workgroup. Arasan Chip Systems is headquartered in San Jose, California, with design centers in India and support options available in Taiwan, China & Europe.

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