Toshiba Announces Commercial Production of FFSA(TM) for NEC iPASOLINK(TM) Microwave Backhaul Products
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Toshiba Announces Commercial Production of FFSA(TM) for NEC iPASOLINK(TM) Microwave Backhaul Products

TOKYO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 18, 2015Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced that NEC Corporation (NEC), having previously chosen the Toshiba FFSATM (Fit Fast Structured Array) flexible custom LSI solution, has now moved to the commercial production phase of its iPASOLINKTM high capacity microwave communication equipment for mobile networks, utilizing this innovative solution.

“NEC has adopted FFSATM for its water-resistant, durable, compact microwave system iPASOLINKTM AOR (All Outdoor Radio) and will expand the adoption of FFSATM to other iPASOLINKTM systems,” said Mr. Atsushi Noro, deputy general manager, Mobile Wireless Solutions Division, NEC.
“By changing from conventional FPGAs to a FFSATM NEC was able to achieve high performance with low-power consumption, as well as a timely product launch to address the needs of the quickly growing mobile network,” added Noro.

Toshiba addresses the customer’s main development criteria such as performance, power, and time to market with its FFSATM solution, using licensed technology from BaySand Inc. FFSATM offers a new and flexible custom LSI solution to replace broad FPGA series and ASICs with pre-designed masters featuring configurable I/Os, SerDes (Serializer Deserializer), and SRAMs which can be configured according to the customer’s requirements. FFSATM supports various types of SerDes protocols for wired and wireless networking, as well as storage and consumer applications.

Going forward, Toshiba will position FFSATM solutions as a new choice for custom LSI development to help customers optimize their system design and to enable timely product development.

To find out more about FFSATM, visit

*FFSA is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation
*iPASOLINK is a trademark of NEC Corporation

Information in this document, including product prices and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current on the date of the announcement but is subject to change without prior notice.

About Toshiba
Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing “Growth Through Creativity and Innovation”, and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in safe, secure and comfortable society.

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies employing more than 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion).

To find out more about Toshiba, visit

About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at

About BaySand Inc.
BaySand is a privately held fabless semiconductor company offering disruptive Metal Configurable Standard Cell (MCSC) technology and products, using unique metal-only configuration technique. Its product family offers compatible density, power and performance compared to standard-cell technology while also providing the advantages of low NRE and short time to market (TTM). Headquartered in Morgan Hill, California, BaySand provides ultimate custom silicon solutions for FPGAs, Standard Cell, ASICs and customizable ASSP designs.


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