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Exar Launches Industry's Fastest (25 Mbps) and Most Integrated Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter (UART) Series with PCIe 2.0 Gen 1

Monday, November 16, 2009

Two-, Four-, and Eight-Channel UARTs with On-Chip PCIe PHY and PCIe Digital Controller -- Series Builds On Exar's Market-Leading PCI UART Portfolio

Fremont, California, November 16, 2009 - Exar Corporation (Nasdaq: EXAR) announced the industry's fastest PCIe 2.0 Gen 1 UARTs with up to 25 Mbps serial data rate. The series is composed of three devices: XR17V352/354/358 which offers distinguishing features customers require for next generation applications. These features include an on-chip PCIe PHY and PCIe digital controller, support for large FIFO sizes (256 bytes), optimized software drivers, and a complete single-chip endpoint solution eliminating the requirement for external PCIe-PCI bridge devices. The XR17V352/354/358 series is ideal for remote access servers, storage network management, factory automation, and Point-of-Sales (POS) systems.

"The XR17V352/354/358 series is the industry's most advanced and complete PCIe endpoint solution supporting up to 25 Mbps UART data rates, 16 GPIOs and large FIFO sizes," said Levent Ozcolak, vice president, Interface Product Line. "These highly differentiated single-chip offerings provide system architects PCIe connectivity for their next generation OEM products while presenting a cost optimization opportunity for existing designs using PCIe-PCI bridges with PCI UARTs."

Series Details

The XR17V352, XR17V354, and XR17V358 have a PCIe interface, which is compliant with the PCIe 2.0 specification. The XR17V352, at 9mm x 9mm is the smallest two-channel compliant device in the industry. All the devices share a common set of features including large FIFO sizes of 256-byte TX /RX that optimize overall data throughput, automatic hardware (RTS/CTS or DTR/DSR) flow control, automatic software (Xon/Xoff) flow control, RS-485 half duplex direction control with programmable turn around delay, and Infrared (IrDA 1.1) data encoder/decoder. In addition, the series shares other features including a fractional baud rate generator, 16 GPIO pins, and multi-drop mode with auto half-duplex transceiver control. Software drivers are available for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7, QNX as well as Linux. In order to minimize overall power consumption, these devices operate from a single 3.3V volt power supply with a built-in buck regulator that can be used to power the core operating at 1.2V.

"The availability of complete driver support for a wide range of operating systems further simplifies system design and shortens time-to-market for new OEM product introductions," said Rakesh Bhatia, senior manager, strategic marketing, Interface Product Line. "This marks another step in Exar's continuing effort to extend the reach of its serial communications expertise to offer additional I/O connectivity options for high performance systems."

Interface Products

Exar has one of the broadest portfolios of high-performance interface solutions including UARTs, serial transceivers -- RS-232, RS-485, and support for leading protocols - PCI/PCIe, USB, VLIO, I2C, as well as, integrated UART/transceiver combinations. For chip-to-chip or system-to-system connections, Exar's single and multi-channel interface ICs provides immediate competitive advantages to designers: low power, reduction in board space requirements, increased bandwidth capacity, and enhanced product features. Interface devices are found practically everywhere including consumer embedded applications such as GPS, digital televisions, point-of-sale (POS) terminals, handheld, and industrial automation equipment, navigation systems, and networking environments.

Tools and Support

Evaluation boards, reference designs, and software drivers are available for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, Linux, and QNX. With the availability of these tools and Exar's application support line: uarttechsupport@exar.com, UART customers can accelerate implementation by eliminating driver development, testing and diagnostic procedures.

Prices, Packages, Availability and Additional Information

Samples of the XR17V352 are available now in a 113-pin BGA over the industrial temperature range. In 1k quantities the XR17V352 is priced at $5.60. Additional information on this product can be found at http://www.exar.com/Common/Content/ProductDetails.aspx?ID=XR17V352. Samples of the XR17V354 are available now in a 176-pin BGA operation over the industrial temperature range. In 1k quantities the XR17V354 is priced at $7.20. Additional information on this product can be found at http://www.exar.com/Common/Content/ProductDetails.aspx?ID=XR17V354.

Samples of the XR17V358 are available now in a 176-pin BGA over the industrial temperature range. In 1k quantities the XR17V358 is priced at $9.90. Additional information on this product can be found at http://www.exar.com/Common/Content/ProductDetails.aspx?ID=XR17V358.

Additional information on other Interface products can be found at Interface Products.

About Exar

Exar Corporation delivers highly differentiated silicon, software and subsystem solutions for industrial, datacom and storage applications. For nearly 40 years, Exar's comprehensive knowledge of end-user markets along with the underlying analog, mixed signal and digital technology has enabled innovative solutions that meet the needs of the evolving connected world. Exar's product portfolio includes power management and interface components, communications products, storage optimization solutions, network security and applied service processors. Exar has locations worldwide providing real-time customer support to drive rapid product development. For more information about Exar, visit: http://www.exar.com.

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