Sonics noc customer Starblaze Technology reaches volume production with star1000 SSD controller SoC

San Jose, Calif. – February 5, 2018  –  Sonics, Inc., the world’s foremost supplier of on-chip network (NoC) and power management technologies and services, announced that its Chinese customer, Starblaze Technology, has reached volume production in TSMC’s 28HPC process technology with the  STAR1000 solid state storage device (SSD) controller system-on-chip (SoC). Starblaze Technology used Sonics’ flagship  SonicsGN® NoC as the integration fabric for more than 60 cores in the design. STAR1000 is a high-end client and entry-level enterprise storage SSD controller designed to deliver maximum flexibility and high performance with minimal power consumption, while meeting new security requirements for the SSD market.

“The world’s top Internet companies are using Starblaze Technology’s SSD chips inside storage products at their personal computers and later at their enterprise storage like data centers to accelerate information exchanges,” said Grant Pierce, CEO of Sonics. “Starblaze Technology chose SonicsGN because they wanted rapid integration capabilities coupled with high performance on-chip communication. We congratulate Starblaze Technology for reaching volume production success and continue to look for new ways to support them. We hope to add our Energy Processing Unit product family to their design arsenal for future SSD chips as it is now integrated with  our partner Moortec’s temperature sensors also used in the STAR1000.  Dynamic energy management enabled by these complementary technologies promises to further reduce power consumption for Starblaze Technology’s storage customers.”

“Our SoC integration technology had to be flexible enough to adapt quickly while delivering enterprise-class performance to meet the requirements of the evolving SSD market,” said Sky Shen, CEO of Starblaze Technology. “Sonics provided the combination of NoC technology leadership, optimized features, and a 20-year track record of customer success to meet our requirements.”

About Sonics, Inc.

Sonics, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) is the trusted leader in on-chip network (NoC) and power-management technologies used by the world’s top semiconductor and electronics product companies, including Broadcom®, Marvell®, MediaTek, and Microchip®. Sonics was the first company to develop and commercialize NoCs, accelerating volume production of complex systems-on-chip (SoC) that contain multiple processor cores. Sonics’ ICE-Grain™ Family is the IP industry’s first complete Energy Processing Unit (EPU), which enables rapid development of SoC power management subsystems. Sonics holds approximately 150 patent properties supporting customer products that have shipped more than four billion SoCs. For more information, visit

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