Arasan Announces New Gigabit Ethernet and Ethernet 10/100 Digital IP

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 11, 2007— Arasan Chip Systems, Inc. ("Arasan"), a leading supplier of reusable Intellectual Property (IP) cores, semiconductors and design services, today announced the availability of its new Gigabit Ethernet Controller Core, and Ethernet 10/100 Controller, which supports the IEEE 802.3-2002 standard with MII (Media Independent Interface) and GMII (Gigabit Media Independent Interface). The digital controllers support 10/100/1000 in Full-duplex and 10/100 in Half-duplex. The Ethernet Controllers are completely IEEE 802.3 feature compliant but has many advantages for embedded use including:

-- Scatter-Gather DMA support to enhance system performance;

-- Master AHB with Programmable Burst Transfer Frame Size for optimizing bus traffic;

-- Low gate count with configurable FIFO sizing for targeting different applications;

-- Source code Verilog test environment with over 100 directed tests (35 UNH specific) to speed overall verification;

-- Receive side error filtering to off load the host CPU processing spurious error frames;

-- Automatic Transmit side re-transmission on collision to relieve host CPU monitoring;

-- Independent Flow Control for Transmit (Tx), Receive (Rx), or both for optimal switch application support.

"Gigabit Ethernet is fast becoming LAN standard for embedded applications," said Kevin Walsh, Vice President of Marketing for Arasan. "Arasan's specific entry into the Ethernet IP space, with both our Gigabit Ethernet and Ethernet 10/100 Controllers, provides our customers with another bus connected standard that is common in many products and now available from a dedicated and trusted IP supplier."

The IP cores support a number of interfaces and optional features. In addition to the 4-wire MII and 8-wire GMII support, a 2-wire MDIO/MDC (Management Data IO and Management Data Clock) interface is available for control of an IEEE 802.3 compliant external PHY. The core also supports Reduced MII (RMII) and Reduced GMII (RGMII) interfaces. Optional features include Jumbo Frame support for frames larger than 1518 bytes and Magic Packet support for wake up in PC type applications. An additional PCS (Physical Coding Sub-layer) with an 8bit/10bit interface is available for optical fiber applications allowing the Gigabit Controller to support both copper and optical fiber applications simultaneously.

Total Technology Solution

Arasan provides a Total Technology Solution to all its licensees including IP source code, a test environment, sample device drivers, synthesis scripts, and complete technical documentation. The Total Technology Solution also includes optional Product Design Development tools like the Hardware Validation Platform and Software targeted for Linux. Custom bus integration services are offered to integrate the IP in a customer specific manner.

Arasan's Validation Platform is a stand-alone board with used for compliance testing of as well as prototyping, including driver development. The Validation Platform is the easiest way to prototype and to demonstrate compliance for customers. The Platform is available for purchase.

Pricing and Availability

Arasan's Gigabit Ethernet Digital Core is available immediately. For pricing information please contact

About Arasan

Arasan Chip Systems Inc. founded in 1995, is a leading supplier of Reusable Intellectual Property (IP's) 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, SDIO and CE-ATA technologies. Arasan's products and services enable businesses to develop and leverage product design and development. Arasan Chip Systems has been an executive member of SD Card Association since 2001, MMCA since 2003 and CE-ATA since 2004. Arasan is headquartered in San Jose, California, with design centers in India and support options available in Taiwan, China & Europe.

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Arasan, and the Arasan Logo, are trademarks or trademarks of Arasan. SDIO, CE-ATA, USB, PCI, MMCA, are all trademarks of their respective organizations.


Arasan Chip Systems, Inc.
Kevin Walsh, 408-282-1600 x111 (Corporate & Marketing)
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Richard Timpa, 408-282-1600 x104 (Sales)
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