Tundra Develops RapidIO Endpoint IP

Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, is now developing RapidIO(R) Endpoint IP for license. RapidIO offers a high performance, packet-oriented interconnect protocol and Tundra’s RapidIO IP offers designers low risk and accelerated time-to-market. Tundra announced the industry’s first Serial RapidIO switch in 2005 and subsequently launched the world’s first RapidIO interoperability lab in 2006. Tundra’s RapidIO offering is now expanded as its family of industry-leading switches and first-to-market development platforms are accompanied by Endpoint IP. Customers can access a full service RapidIO solution from Tundra.

Customers are requesting access to Tundra’s RapidIO intellectual property as they build products based on Tundra’s leading family of RapidIO switches. Tundra’s RapidIO Endpoint IP will, therefore, be made commercially available to system developers, semiconductor manufacturers, FPGA and ASIC vendors and their customers. The RapidIO Endpoint IP will be used to create custom and standard product functions that further enlarge the RapidIO product ecosystem.

“We believe Tundra’s RapidIO Endpoint IP license will enable base station OEMs to speed their time to market,” said Travis Scheckel, TI’s RapidIO Development Manager and Chair of the RapidIO Technical Working Group. “RapidIO continues to gain momentum in the wireless infrastructure marketplace, and its value will become more critical as data-intensive applications proliferate. Tundra’s RapidIO switches and IP, coupled with TI’s performance-leading family of optimized DSPs, will continue to drive 3G applications and beyond.”

Tundra’s offering is unique in the industry and features distinct advantages. Through Tundra’s experienced design services division, Silicon Logic Engineering (SLE), the logic layer of the Serial RapidIO Endpoint IP can be configured to meet individual customer’s specific requirements. By utilizing SLE design services, customers can save their internal resources for their own proprietary design work.

Another significant advantage to using Tundra’s RapidIO IP is the guaranteed interoperability that the licensed IP will offer. Tundra IP has been proven to interoperate with multiple vendor DSPs, FPGAs, and ASICs. Designers eliminate risk by adopting Tundra’s Serial RapidIO switches, and RapidIO IP which has been licensed from Tundra.

“RapidIO has taken root, the ecosystem has evolved and there is now a high demand for licensed RapidIO Endpoint IP. Once again Tundra has answered an ecosystem need and provided an innovative solution to meet customer requirements,” said Tom Cox, Executive Director RapidIO Trade Association.

Product Features
The Endpoint IP enables high performance Serial RapidIO system interconnect between processors, bridges, remote memories, customer defined endpoint devices and Tundra RapidIO switches. The IP is compliant with RapidIO Interconnect Specification (Revision1.3) and supports up to 10 Gbps payload. Fully synthesizable, the IP is designed to be combined with technology specific SerDes on multiple process technologies.

Product Availability
The Tundra RapidIO IP will be made available through Silicon Logic Engineering (SLE, a division of Tundra) sales network sales@siliconlogic.com or call SLE at 1-908-580-1870.

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), PowerPC(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 Silicon Logic Engineering
Silicon Logic Engineering, Inc. (SLE) specializes in right-first-time design services that address all aspects of ASIC, FPGA and semiconductor system design services. SLE’s proven and repeatable Think Physical(TM) design process, tools and semiconductor intellectual property reduce time-to-market and are provided by one of the most experienced VLSI design services teams in the industry. SLE is a division of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN).

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