Silicon Cloud Integrates StarNet’s FastX into Chip Industry's First Cloud-based IC Design Platform

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Browser-based Linux Display Tool Helps Pioneer Cloud Design

FastX displays a Linux desktop inside the browser window

“Silicon Cloud is revolutionizing the IC design infrastructure with cloud technologies. StarNet’s FastX provided a perfectly aligned strategic display engine that met all our requirements.” Mojy Chian - CEO Silicon Cloud International

Design Automation Conference (DAC 2015) - StarNet Communications Corp, ( a leading publisher of remote Linux desktop solutions announced its FastX remote Linux display solution was chosen by Silicon Cloud International to be integrated with its breakthrough cloud-based IC design infrastructure.

StarNet and Silicon Cloud International are showing the integrated IC design platform at the Design Automation Conference 2015 in San Francisco, June 8-10. DAC is the IC design industry's premier trade show event.

The Silicon Cloud system is a turn-key IC design platform that provides a secure, cloud-based semiconductor design infrastructure provisioned with the latest semiconductor process technologies, production grade reference workflows, semiconductor IP, and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software.

Silicon Cloud needed a browser-based secure UI model to enable engineers to use remote-hosted Linux Gnome desktops for semiconductor design. The Silicon Cloud architecture required a virtual desktop rendering engine that provided high performance for 2D/3D graphics and superior compression for remote cloud access. A highly secure access authentication model was also required.

“Silicon Cloud is revolutionizing the current inefficient semiconductor design infrastructure, by developing and deploying modern cloud technologies. StarNet’s FastX provided a perfectly aligned strategic product that met all of our requirements,” said Mojy Chian, Silicon Cloud’s Chief Executive Officer.

FastX is the only remote Linux display solution that includes a desktop and a browser-based client in a single product. The browser client offers secure display of remote Linuxs desktop inside a standard PC Web Browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

“Universities and IC companies alike have been unable to collaborate on semiconductor designs due to incompatible workflows, different EDA tool environments, IP security concerns and complexity in setting up common design environments. Silicon Cloud addresses these issues with its cloud-based, secure semiconductor workflow platform,” said Chian.

While Cloud-based IC design has been a hot topic in the semiconductor industry, what was missing was a stable, fast and secure way to display heavy-duty graphics applications by way of the browser. “FastX is the enabler for cloud-based IC design,” said Steven Schoch, StarNet’s Chief Executive Officer.

About Silicon Cloud International Pte. Ltd.
Silicon Cloud International establishes secure and high performance cloud computing centers for engineering and scientific applications around the world. As an initial application, Silicon Cloud is providing a turn-key Integrated Circuits (IC) design platform. The design platform is all encompassing and includes PDKs (Process Design Kits), EDA software tools, design IP, integrated design flows, virtualized and scalable computing resources, and IC design training packages. Silicon Cloud's private cloud and thin client architecture provides a novel security model for semiconductor and IoT designs. For more information, please visit

About StarNet Communications
StarNet Communications Corp., founded in 1989, develops and markets X Windows Connectivity solutions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux platforms for corporate, educational and government organizations. StarNet's family of products offers cost-effective, best-of-breed remote Linux and Unix display solutions. Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., StarNet is privately held. For more information about our X Windows connectivity solutions, visit

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