Built using StarGen's new switch fabric technology, the company's 21-slot StarFabric hybrid backplane will be used in CompactPCI proof-of-concept decisions to highlight the capabilities of StarFabric in terms of scalability, simultaneous support for multiple data types, and support for existing hardware and software. Systems using this backplane can address next generation communications equipment requirements such as trunk-speed evolution from OC3 to OC12/OC48, allowing from 10k to 100k ports per chassis. StarFabric supports simultaneous packet, cell, and voice traffic and includes features such as fault detection and isolation, hardware fail-over, and hot swappability. It provides a migration path from existing architectures and is 100% backwards compatible to existing PCI and CompactPCI technologies. BUSSTRONIC, Fremont, CA. (510) 490-7388.