Gennum’s Snowbush PCI Express® (PCIe®) Switch and SATA/PCIe Host Bus Adapter IP Added to PCI-SIG® Integrators List

Configurable 9-port PCIe 2.0 Compliant Switch and Multi-port SATA 6GT/s PCIe Compliant Host Bus Adapter Pass PCI-SIG Compliance Tests

BURLINGTON, Ontario— December 6, 2010 —Gennum Corporation’s Snowbush IP
group (TSX: GND) today announced that two of its digital IP cores have achieved PCISIG
® compliance with three new entries added to the PCI-SIG Integrators List. The
Snowbush PCI Express® (PCIe®) 2.0 configurable digital switch IP has been added to the
switches and add-in cards categories, and the Snowbush multi-port PCIe technology to
SATA 6 GT/s host bus adapter IP has been added to the add-in card category. The IP
will facilitate the development of embedded switch and storage products based on the
pervasive PCIe 2.0 standard.

“Our digital IP enables designers to easily add highly complex interconnect functions to
their SOCs, and rapidly migrate to higher bandwidth standards,” said Kevin Walsh,
Marketing Director for Gennum’s Snowbush IP group. “Robust, standards-compliant IP
helps drive down the cost and time-to-market associated with PCIe 2.0 product

Products on the Integrators List must meet all PCI-SIG testing guidelines set forth at the
PCI-SIG Compliance Workshop, including protocol, electrical, and configuration tests. A
complete and satisfactory PCI Compliance Checklist must also be submitted to the PCISIG.

“Our testing guidelines ensure maximum product interoperability,” said Al Yanes,
President and Chairman, PCI-SIG. “By meeting these compliance and interoperability
requirements with subsystem level IP, the Gennum Snowbush IP group gives the market
an additional solution for deploying PCIe 2.0 compliant products.”

Snowbush PCIe 2.0 Digital Switch IP for Add-in Cards, Systems

Having been certified compliant with the PCIe Base specification revision 2.0, the
Snowbush PCIe switch IP has now passed the PCI-SIG Compliance and Interoperability
Test for add-in cards and systems. The Snowbush IP core is a configurable, nine-port
switch that supports one upstream, and up to eight downstream, ports. Each port can be
configured as x1, x2 or x4. The IP supports maximum payload-only bandwidth of 11.0
gigabits per second (Gbps) in a x4 configuration with low latency. Embedded endpoints
are supported as downstream ports.

The Snowbush PCIe Switch IP was validated and tested using the Dini Group’s
DNMEG_V5T_PCIE daughter card, an FPGA-based emulation platform. Gennum’s
Snowbush IP group uses several of Dini Group’s platforms to validate its complex digital

"The combination of this robust IP with Dini Group’s knowledgeable support staff and
leading-edge, FPGA-based hardware emulation platforms gives the market an attractive
solution for rapidly deploying systems and add-in cards based on the PCIe 2.0 standard, ”
said Mike Dini, President for the Dini Group. "Working together with Snowbush IP
ultimately saves cost for our mutual customers, who are developing multi-million gate

About the PCIe 2.0 Technology to SATA 6GT/s Host Bus Adapter Digital IP

The Snowbush PCIe 2.0 technology-to-SATA 6GT/s host bus adapter IP provides SATA
host functionality through a PCIe bus connection to a system’s main processor. The IP
enables up to 8 SATA ports to be connected to a system’s PCIe bus through a PCIe
endpoint, and can be configured as either x1, x2, x4 or x8. Compliant to the Intel AHCI
specification 1.3 and SATA Specification 3.0, this IP is also ideal for high-performance
SoC applications where the processor bus must be limited to control-only traffic, and in
applications requiring Direct Memory Access (DMA) functions to reduce processor load
and latency.


The Snowbush PCIe 2.0 9-port switch and PCIe 2.0 technology to SATA 6 GT/s host bus
adapter IP are available immediately for licensing, and are technology-independent. For
more information on licensing terms and pricing, please contact Email Contact.


PCI-SIG is the Special Interest Group that owns and manages PCI specifications as open
industry standards. The organization defines and implements new industry standard I/O
(Input/Output) specifications as the industry's local I/O needs evolve. The PCI Special
Interest Group was formed in 1992 and became a nonprofit corporation, named “PCISIG,”
in the year 2000. Currently, more than 820 industry-leading companies are active
PCI-SIG members worldwide. PCI-SIG’s current directors are employed by the
following PCI-SIG member companies: Agilent, AMD, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, LSI,
NVIDIA and Oracle. For more information about the PCI-SIG, and its membership
benefits, visit the PCI-SIG website at or contact (503) 619-0569
(within the United States).

About the Gennum Snowbush IP Group

The Gennum Snowbush IP group offers a team of interconnect specialist to design and
deliver silicon-proven, high-speed serial interface IP. Comprising one of the industry’s
most robust, widely-deployed, production-tested and customizable family of IP cores, the
Snowbush IP portfolio satisfies the needs of today’s most demanding high-speed serial
communication protocols and applications. The offering includes complete, integrated,
PHY and controller solutions for standards like USB, PCI Express® and Serial ATA
(SATA), and single and multi-standard SerDes for applications with data rates from 1
Gb/s to over 10 Gb/s. Gennum’s Snowbush IP group is committed to supporting
customers with diverse foundry and process requirements, offering IP cores for TSMC,
UMC, Common Platform, and Fujitsu processes. For more information, visit

About Gennum

Gennum Corporation (TSX: GND) designs innovative semiconductor solutions and
intellectual property (IP) cores to serve the rising global demand for high-speed data
transmission products in the broadcast, networking, storage and telecommunications
markets. Gennum offers proven optical, analog and mixed-signal solutions with
uncompromising signal integrity to support standards such as high-definition (HD) video,
Fibre Channel, InfiniBand®, Ethernet, SONET and PCI Express®. The company is
headquartered in Burlington, Canada, and has global design, research and development
and sales offices in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, United States, India and
the United Kingdom.


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