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DapTechnology Fires Up World’s First 3.2 Gigabit IEEE 1394b FireWire SOC Solution

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DapTechnology Fires Up World’s First 3.2 Gigabit IEEE 1394b FireWire SOC Solution

(Nijmegen, the Netherlands, November 23, 2009) DapTechnology, a world-leading supplier of advanced IEEE 1394 protocol analyzers and solutions to the aerospace, defense, industrial, automotive and consumer electronics markets, announced today that the company successfully demonstrated the world’s first high speed S3200 3.2 Gigabit IEEE 1394b FireWire system-on-a-chip (SOC) solution at VISION 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany.

The demonstration showed video data being transported from a Xilinx development board through 10 meter standard FireWire cable to a PCI Express board within a host computer. The company is spearheading this development with support from Point Grey, a world leader in the development of advanced digital camera systems, as a result of growing market need for higher speed IEEE 1394b technology at a time when comparable silicon-based solutions are non-existent.

The DapTechnology 3.2 Gigabit 1394b PHY IP will initially be available on a Xilinx FPGA and comprises a 1394b standards-compliant PHY IP boasting throughput rates of up to 3.2 Gigabits per second – a performance gain of up to 4 times that of the currently available IEEE 1394b-2002 and Gigabit Ethernet standards. The 3.2 Gigabit IEEE 1394b SOC Solution suite, which is expected to be released commercially by the end of December 2010, will include the DapTechnology 3.2 Gigabit compliant IEEE 1394b PHY IP, FireLink Extended Link Layer Controller IP core, a 3.2 Gigabit Peripheral Development Board, a 4-lane PCI Express Host Adapter and a 3.2 Gigabit IEEE 1394b FireSpy Analyzer. An S1600 1.6 Gigabit version of the suite is expected to be available earlier by the end of April 2010.

“A clear path for higher speed IEEE 1394b has been realized with this new DapTechnology 3.2 Gigabit IEEE 1394b FireWire SOC Solution,” says Jan de Vries, CEO of DapTechnology. Mr. de Vries adds, “We are proud to have pioneered the efforts needed to push the limits and propel IEEE 1394b to the next frontier.”

"We are very pleased to be involved in DapTechnology's work on faster FireWire," says Vlad Tucakov, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. "FireWire offers guaranteed bandwidth and low latency, and continues to be a key interface technology for machine and computer vision applications. One key advantage of S3200 1394b is that it increases bandwidth to 3.2 Gbit/s but uses the same cables, connectors and electrical specifications as the current S800 1394b. This means users will be able to integrate faster FireWire cameras—which Point Grey is working on—with minimal changes to their existing system." Additional details on the DapTechnology 3.2 Gigabit IEEE 1394b FireWire SOC Solution will be made available shortly at www.daptechnology.com.

About DapTechnology

DapTechnology is a company specializing in products, systems and solutions based on the IEEE 1394 Standard. Since it’s inception in 1998, the company has been working closely with the IEEE 1394 standards development organizations, strategic industry partners and key customers to develop worldclass products employing IEEE 1394. The DapTechnology FireSpy IEEE 1394 Protocol Analyzer products have gained worldwide acceptance and are currently being used in various aerospace and defense, industrial, consumer electronics and automotive product development and production efforts. DapTechnology’s exponential business growth in recent years is a testament of the company’s commitment to meticulous engineering disciplines, exceptional quality and customer satisfaction. Both DapTechnology B.V. and DapUSA, Inc. are owned by DapHolding BV. DapUSA, based in Phoenix, AZ, was formed in 2005 to address the ever-growing North American market for IEEE 1394 systems and solutions.

About Point Grey Research, Inc.

Point Grey Research, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development of advanced digital camera technology products for machine vision, industrial imaging, and computer vision applications. Based in Richmond, BC, Canada, Point Grey designs, manufactures and distributes IEEE-1394 (FireWire) and USB 2.0 cameras that are known for their excellent quality, performance, and ease of use. A broad range of hardware, software and mechanical engineering skills has allowed Point Grey to successfully bring many innovative and ground-breaking products to market. This drive for innovation has led to many industry firsts, including the first and smallest 1394b digital camera.

Since its founding in January of 1997, the company's approach to product pricing, quality control, and customer service has attracted thousands of customers worldwide, and its organic growth through product sales has enabled the company to expand significantly without any outside investment. Point Grey currently employs more than 90 people worldwide, and has a wholly-owned German subsidiary that provides sales and support services to customers in Europe, Africa and Israel. The company has also established a strong network of distributors in Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, and Taiwan. www.ptgrey.com


Nijmegen, Netherlands