Emerson Network Power Implements Tundra Tsi568A Serial RapidIO Switch

Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX: TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, today announced that Emerson Network Power’s (NYSE: EMR) new Embedded Computing business, formerly Artesyn Communication Products, has implemented Tundra’s industry-leading Tsi568A Serial RapidIO Switch into the Fat Pipe switch module in its new 12-slot MicroTCA development system, and is working with Tundra on a series of additional Serial RapidIO designs.

The Tundra Tsi568A is a high-performance switch with patent-pending technology that delivers the performance, power and configurability that embedded designers need to build reliable, high-performance RapidIO-based systems for a broad spectrum of wireless, video, and networking applications. Based on the Serial RapidIO Specification, the Tsi568A incorporates SerDes functionality, error recovery, priority-based and table-based fabric routing and high payload efficiency. This switch interconnects Serial RapidIO-enabled processors and peripheral devices, supporting an aggregate bandwidth of 80 gigabits per second. The switch also offers multiple port width and speed configuration options to efficiently manage power requirements.

“Serial RapidIO is one of the technologies most desired for key MicroTCA applications like gateways and wireless base stations, and Tundra enabled us to provide this functionality in our newest development system,” said Todd Wynia, vice president of product management for Emerson’s new Embedded Computing business. “AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA are quickly becoming the open architecture platforms of choice among network equipment providers, and Tundra provides a stable, scalable and high-performance interconnect solution that helps speed our time-to-market.”

Emerson’s MicroTCA development system is equipped with a MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH) module, power supply, Fat Pipe switch module, application/protocol processing, and platform management software. The system was recently part of a series of IMS and signaling demonstrations using Emerson’s new AdvancedTCA(R) blades, AdvancedMC(TM) modules, and MicroTCA systems. The company is currently developing additional MicoTCA designs for high-volume access applications.

“We are proud to be collaborating in the evaluation and design of Emerson Network Power’s next-generation Serial RapidIO-based systems,” said Rick O’Connor, chief technology officer at Tundra. “We recognize AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA as fast-growing markets and we are committed to ensuring that the RapidIO ecosystem, and Serial RapidIO interconnect, are a driving force behind the momentum.”

Tundra continues to lead in the development of the RapidIO standard and was the first semiconductor vendor to bring Parallel and Serial RapidIO switches to market. With numerous RapidIO switches launched and in production and partner development platforms available, Tundra is recognized as the market leader for advanced RapidIO System Interconnect. Tundra is committed to bringing high-performance RapidIO products to market to meet the rapidly growing demand from customers now designing with the RapidIO technology.

Availability and Design Support Tools
The Tundra Tsi568A is available through Tundra’s worldwide sales network. Volume pricing for the Tsi568A is under $99USD. For design support tools and device documentation, go to www.tundra.com/tsi568A. Using the Tundra Serial RapidIO Development Platform (SRDP) and applications engineering support, designers can commence early stage product development, later porting software to their own prototype hardware platforms, resulting in faster time to market.

About MicroTCA(TM)
MicroTCA is a proposed PICMG specification for small form factor, field-replaceable telecom chassis. Available in a variety of flexible form factors (rack mount, cube, etc), MicroTCA chassis can accept any standard AdvancedMC module. MicroTCA will provide scaleable aggregate bandwidth up to 612 Gbit/sec (per MCH), support star, dual-star, and full-mesh topologies, employ a serial packet transport with up to 12.5 Gbit/sec of bandwidth per channel, and provide a redundant Intelligent Peripheral Management Interface. MicroTCA will also be protocol agnostic, enabling it to accommodate AdvancedMC modules running a range of protocols including Ethernet, PCI Express/Advanced Switching and Serial RapidIO.

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, AMCC, EMC Corporation, Ericsson, Freescale Semiconductor, Lucent Technologies and Texas Instruments. The Tundra family of RapidIO switches includes the Tsi576(TM), Tsi574(TM), Tsi578(TM), Tsi568A, Tsi564A(TM) and Tsi500(TM).

Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX: TUN) is the global leader in System Interconnect providing world-class customer and technical support, leading-edge semiconductor solutions and design services to the world’s foremost communications, networking, storage system, and information technology vendors. Consistently delivering on system level performance promises that reduce time to market, Tundra System Interconnect products ensure market advantage in wireless infrastructure, storage networking, network access, military, industrial automation, and information technology applications. Silicon Logic Engineering, Inc. (SLE), Tundra’s semiconductor design services division, offers industry-leading ASIC design services, semiconductor intellectual property and product development consulting.

Artesyn Communication Products has now become the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power. Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), is the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity(TM). Preparing customers for high-stakes opportunities and threats, Emerson Network Power provides reliable power, precision cooling, connectivity and embedded computing solutions for IT, communications, healthcare and industrial systems. Backed by the largest global services organization in the industry, Emerson Network Power offers network reliability programs encompassing engineering, installation, project management and support services.

TUNDRA and the Tundra logo are registered marks of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation in Canada, the European Union and the People’s Republic of China (Registration is pending in the United States). Tsi576, Tsi574, Tsi578, Tsi568A, Tsi564A, Tsi500 and Design.Connect.Go are trademarks of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. RapidIO is a registered trademark of the RapidIO Trade Association, Inc.