Arasan Chip Systems Updates AC2200ie SDIO Card Controller ASIC Software

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 5, 2007— Arasan Chip Systems, Inc. (Arasan), a leading supplier of reusable Intellectual Property (IP) cores, semiconductors and design services, today announced its is shipping a new version of its SDIO Card Controller Software for the AC2200ie SDIO Card Controller IC. The new driver software is extensively revised to support an expanding list of commercial devices including PDA's, Smartphones, and multimedia devices. The SDIO Card Controller ASIC is based on Arasan's SDIO IP, which has been licensed to over 50 companies worldwide.

"This update release demonstrates our commitment to supporting our customers as they bring up new consumer products using our chips," said Kevin Walsh, Vice President of Marketing for Arasan. "Arasan continues to invest in our software development group, improving and expanding the offerings that make our customers successful."

The new driver software supports the new SDIO 2.0 version as well as all the wide range of bus interfaces offered on the AC2200ie including SPI, 8051 (8 bit and 16 bit), and APB. The chip eliminates the need for an EEPROM when the AC2200ie is used in UART mode reducing system cost.

The SDIO Controller Software along with the AC2200ie is available on an HDK (Hardware Development Kit) offered by Arasan. The HDK supports all the application side interfaces, UART, SPI, 8051, and APB.

The AC2200ie is qualified as Industrial Grade and is also available in an environmentally friendly, lead-free RoHS compliant package.

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 (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 SDIO Software is available immediately.

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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 for USB 1.1, USB 2.0, PCI, SDIO, MIPI 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, CE-ATA and MIPI 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, MIPI, are all trademarks of their respective organizations.


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Kevin Walsh, 408-282-1600 ext. 111 (Corporate &
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Richard Timpa, 408-282-1600 ext. 104 (Sales)
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