Tundra Semiconductor Announces Low Power RapidIO Switch Suited for Cost Sensitive Applications

OTTAWA, May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), a leader in System Interconnect, today announced the Tundra Tsi572 Serial RapidIO Switch. This scalable, low power switch, adds another processor aggregation solution to Tundra's industry-leading portfolio of RapidIO(R) products.

OTTAWA, May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), a leader in System Interconnect, today announced the Tundra Tsi572 Serial RapidIO Switch. This scalable, low power switch, adds another processor aggregation solution to Tundra's industry-leading portfolio of RapidIO(R) products.

Cost sensitive applications can now take advantage of the powerful functionality of Tundra's proven RapidIO Switches, including; scalability, performance, hardware multicast, and low latency. The Tsi572 is ideally suited for a broad spectrum of wireless, wireline, and imaging/video applications.

"Tundra is committed to responding to customer requirements and this product is a perfect example of our dedication to answering a specific customer need. By reducing the port count and adjusting the packaging, our expert design team has created a RapidIO Switch which offers our customers a competitive edge," said Tracy Richardson, Vice President Marketing, Tundra Semiconductor.

The new Tsi572 Switch is the lowest power RapidIO Switch available on the market today, compliant with the RapidIO 1.3 specification. Tundra's new Tsi572 Switch offers designers the performance and reliability of RapidIO with lower port count and lower power consumption, at a cost that suits their high volume applications. Designers can rely on the proven interoperability of the Tsi57x product line and socket compatibility of the Tsi572 with the Tsi576(TM).

"Tundra's Tsi572 RapidIO Switch coupled with Texas Instrument's high performance single-core TMS320TCI6482, TMS320TCI6484 DSP or multi-core TMS320TCI6487/88 DSP enables wireless base station OEMs to develop flexible, high-performance and board-area efficient channel card designs," said Kathy Brown, TI's DSP Wireless Infrastructure Business Manager.

"Recently PICMG approved the AMC.4 specification, for x4 RapidIO on the backplane in MicroTCA. The Tsi572 complies with the AMC.4 specification and provides an ideal solution for RapidIO connection on AMC's and to the backplane. System OEMs can use RapidIO x1 ports for processor aggregation on AMC's and a RapidIO x4 port for interface to the AMC.4 backplane," said Tom Cox, Executive Director of the RapidIO Trade Association. "The addition of the Tsi572 continues to expand the large ecosystem of RapidIO Switches. With the Tsi572, System OEMs are able to leverage the superior protocol efficiencies of RapidIO over PCIe and Gigabit Ethernet."

Tundra at MicroTCA Summit

Tundra will exhibit its recently announced RapidIO Baseband Development Platform in the RapidIO Trade Association's booth (#321) at the MicroTCA Summit in Chantilly, Virginia. During the conference, Tundra will also present "Developing Wireless Basestations in MicroTCA Systems with RapidIO AMCs" on Thursday, May 29, and will participate in the RapidIO panel on Friday May 30, presenting "Using RapidIO Backplanes in Wireless and Military MicroTCA Systems".

The Tundra Tsi572 Features: – Small form factor 21×21 RapidIO Switch with 2×4 plus 4×1 or 8×1 RapidIO for processor aggregation and backplane connectivity with 30 Gbps of non-blocking full duplex bandwidth – Drop in compatible with Tsi576 – Low 120-200mW per port power – Low 110 ns cut through latency – High performance hardware multicast – Industry-leading interoperability with the Tsi57x product family – Software compatible with Tsi57x family Availability and Design Support Tools

The Tundra Tsi572 Switch is sampling now. Volume pricing for the Switch is $59. To order, please contact sales@tundra.com.

About Tundra RapidIO(R) Switches

Tundra switches provide chip-to-chip interconnect between RapidIO end-points and can replace existing proprietary backplane fabrics for board-to-board interconnect. As a founding member of the RapidIO Trade Association and long-time Steering Committee member, Tundra continues to provide leadership in the development of the RapidIO standard and was the first semiconductor vendor to bring Parallel and Serial RapidIO switches to market. RapidIO is the leading serial interconnect standard for embedded systems and is supported by industry leaders such as, Alcatel- Lucent Technologies, AMCC, EMC Corporation, Ericsson, and Freescale Semiconductor. The Tundra family of RapidIO switches includes the Tsi620(TM), Tsi578(TM), Tsi576(TM), Tsi574(TM), Tsi572(TM), Tsi568A(TM), and Tsi564A(TM).

About Tundra

Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN) supplies the world's leading communications, computing and storage companies with System Interconnect products and design services backed by world-class customer service and technical support. Tundra's track record of product leadership includes over a decade of bridges and switches enabling key industry standards: RapidIO(R), PCI, PCI-X, PCI Express(R), Power Architecture(TM), VME, HyperTransport(TM), Interlaken, and SPI4.2. Tundra's products deliver high functional quality and simplified board design and layout, with specific focus on system level signal integrity. Tundra's design services division, Silicon Logic Engineering, Inc., offers industry-leading ASIC and FPGA design services, semiconductor intellectual property and product development consulting. Tundra's technology connects critical components in high performance embedded systems around the world. For more information, please visit www.tundra.com.

TUNDRA and the Tundra logo are registered marks of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation in Canada, the United States, the European Union and the People's Republic of China. Design.Connect.Go., Tsi620(TM), Tsi578(TM), Tsi576(TM), Tsi574(TM), Tsi572(TM), Tsi568A(TM), and Tsi564A(TM) are trademarks of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. RapidIO is a trademark of the RapidIO Trade Association Inc. Other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Development of the Tsi572(TM) was made possible in part with the assistance of the Technology Partnerships Canada Program. (C) Copyright 2008 Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. All rights reserved. Information subject to change without notice.


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