Tundra, Enea Send Interprocess Communications Over RapidIO

Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, and Enea, (Stockholm: ENEA.ST), the world leader in advanced device software for network systems, have collaborated to deliver Enea’s LINX(TM) interprocess communications (IPC) services over RapidIO(R). Working with Tundra’s new Serial RapidIO development platforms, Enea has implemented and verified complete support for LINX over RapidIO and interoperability with Tundra’s RapidIO switches. Together, RapidIO and LINX provide a reliable, scalable, high performance interconnect platform for quickly developing and deploying next-generation communications infrastructure systems.

“Network equipment providers require flexible system architectures that can be easily reused across multiple products lines, scaled to meet increased subscriber demand, and upgraded to deliver new services,” said Linda Thompson, Vice President of Corporate Alliances at Enea. “Tundra’s best-in-class RapidIO technology, coupled with our LINX IPC services, provide a high performance, high-availability platform for deploying converged IP multimedia services that reduce capital and operating expenses for both equipment makers and service providers.”

“We were thrilled to partner with Enea to bring this technology to the communications infrastructure market,” said Daniel Hoste, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tundra Semiconductor. “RapidIO is the right System Interconnect for high bandwidth communications systems and Enea’s LINX over RapidIO will allow our communications customers to deploy new systems to market faster. RapidIO is increasingly penetrating new aspects of our customer’s and partner’s technology and Tundra is meeting the increased demand for its industry-leading expertise, products, and design tools as RapidIO evolves,” continued Hoste.

RapidIO is a leading serial interconnect standard for embedded systems, and is ideal for aggregating and connecting large numbers of microprocessors, DSPs and FPGAs, both on a single board, and on multiple boards across a backplane. Tundra, a founding member of the RapidIO Trade Association and long-time Steering Committee member, was the first semiconductor vendor to bring Serial RapidIO switches to market. These switches, which include the Tsi578(TM), Tsi576(TM), Tsi574(TM), Tsi568A(TM), and Tsi564A(TM) provide high performance chip-to-chip interconnect between RapidIO end-points, and can be used to replace existing proprietary backplane fabrics for board-to-board interconnect.

Enea’s LINX provides reliable, high performance interprocess communications services over physical interconnects like RapidIO. Utilizing direct message passing, LINX makes complex distributed systems easier to conceptualize, model, partition, and scale. LINX scales from DSPs and microcontrollers to 64-bit CPUs, is independent of the underlying processor and operating system, supports control and data plane applications over reliable and unreliable media, and delivers 20% higher performance than competitive IPC solutions. LINX also supports any distributed system topology, from a single processor on a single board, to large networks with complex cluster topologies deployed on hundreds of processors in a multi-rack system.

About Tundra
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN) supplies the world’s leading communications, computing and storage companies with smart 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 PC(R), 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 smart technology connects critical components in high performance embedded systems around the world.

About Enea
Enea (Stockholm: ENEA.ST) is the leading supplier of real-time operating systems, middleware, development tools, database technology and professional services for high-availability systems such as telecommunications infrastructure, mobile devices, medical instrumentation, and automobile control/infotainment. Enea’s flagship operating system, OSE, is deployed in approximately half of the worlds 3G mobile phones and base stations. Enea has over 500 employees and is listed on the Nordic Exchange.

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). Design.Connect.Go. and Tsi578, Tsi576, Tsi574, Tsi568A and Tsi564A are trademarks of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. RapidIO(R) is a registered trademark of the RapidIO Trade Association. LINX is a trademark of Enea.