Tundra Semiconductor Samples Tsi110 PowerPC Host Bridge

Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, announced that the Tundra Tsi110 PowerPC(R) Host Bridge is now available for general sampling. Ideally suited for designs where cost and power are of primary concern, the Tsi110 targets high volume applications such as; set-top boxes, home gateways, video-over-IP, video surveillance and other multi-media applications.

“Tundra’s Tsi110 is a new product which is truly market-driven in its design” said Daniel Hoste, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tundra. “In response to market requirements the Tsi110 meets the specific performance, power and pricing needs of the consumer information appliance market.”

Specifically designed to lower overall system cost, the Tsi110 offers an optimized performance/power solution when designed in conjunction with lower frequency, lower power PowerPC processors. The integrated features of the Tsi110; an integrated clock generator, DDR2 SDRAM interface, and internal processor bus arbitor reduce the number of board components required and lower overall system cost and complexity. The Tsi110 also supports PCI/X, Gigabit Ethernet, and Flash interfaces.

The Tsi110 power management features support various power saving modes implemented on PowerPC processors as well as reduce active power by disabling unused ports and clocks, while the integrated clock generator saves power over discrete devices. The Tsi110 supports DDR2 memory which consumes 50 percent less power that DDR – a significant factor for minimizing overall power consumption. Designers can now optimize performance and power at an affordable cost.

The combination of the Tsi110′s integrated features, low cost, and reliability make Tundra’s Tsi110 the right choice for designs, where cost, performance and power are a priority. In addition, the Tsi110 is backed by Tundra’s world-class customer service and support and broad portfolio of design support tools, helping designers get products to market faster.

Pricing, Availability and Design Support Tools
The Tundra Tsi110 is available through Tundra’s worldwide sales network and online. The Tsi110 is currently sampling in standard or lead-free RoHS compliant packaging for commercial temperatures and is expected to be in full production by spring 2007. Volume pricing starts at $45 USD. Since PCI Express(R) is not a key requirement for the targeted applications the Tsi110 has been redesigned to support PCI, PCI-X, DDR2 SDRAM, Gigabit Ethernet, and Flash interfaces.

About Tundra’s Host Bridges
Host bridges interconnect PowerPC processors with subsystems, and are a critical component in embedded designs. With over a decade of investment and experience supporting PowerPC-based designs, Tundra Host Bridges for PowerPC have been widely adopted by market leaders. Tundra Host Bridges include the Tsi110, Tsi109(TM), Tsi108(TM), and Tsi107(TM) are regarded as the best companion chips for the industry’s leading PowerPC processor vendors – Freescale Semiconductor and IBM. The Tsi110, Tsi109 and Tsi108 support several I/O peripherals – PCI, PCI-X, DDR2 Memory and Gigabit Ethernet. Tundra Host Bridges optimize overall system performance, power and cost, while offering best signal integrity.

About Tundra
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 and FPGA design services, semiconductor intellectual property and product development consulting.

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