RapidIO Products Continue to Grow

Following a surge of development activity and new product announcements, the RapidIO Trade Association announced that it has surpassed 100 RapidIO-based products on the market and is nearing 55,000 downloads of the RapidIO Serial Specification since 2003. In addition, three new companies, BittWare, Embedded Planet, and HiSilicon Technologies, have joined the RapidIO Trade Association as they bring RapidIO solutions to the marketplace.

“Both RapidIO Trade Association members and OEMs have been reporting a tremendous surge in development activity with RapidIO technology over the past two quarters,” said Tom Cox, executive director of the RapidIO Trade Association. “RapidIO technology is firmly supported by a diverse and growing ecosystem, an independent test facility, and the breadth and depth of products needed to design and produce RapidIO-based systems.”

RapidIO is an open-standard, switched fabric designed by the leaders in embedded computing specifically for developers of wireless infrastructure, edge networking, storage, scientific, military and industrial equipment. RapidIO technology delivers the reliability, cost effectiveness, performance and scalability required for these application areas — as well as offering a broad ecosystem of more than 50 partners and suppliers, with products and solutions available for designs today. In addition, the RapidIO standard roadmap is well attuned to the changes affecting embedded system designs, ensuring RapidIO technology will meet future system needs.

“The abundance of products and the growth of the ecosystem reaffirms that market momentum for the RapidIO interconnect standard continues to accelerate,” said Dr. Lance A. Leventhal, technology editor, Network Systems Design (NSD) Newsletter and ATCA Newsletter. “Clearly, RapidIO technology addresses the unique needs of equipment designers as they develop innovative, high performance systems.”

More than 100 products based on RapidIO specification are available today for use in design and development. Products include a wide variety of development tools and boards, embedded systems, intellectual property, semiconductors (ASICs, DSPs, FPGAs, ICs, PLDs processors), software, boards, modules, and test and measurement solutions.

Ecosystem Growth
BittWare, Embedded Planet, and HiSilicon Technologies joined the RapidIO Trade Association, expanding the ecosystem with DSP and FPGA solutions, endpoints, production-ready boards and software, and high performance chips.

BittWare, which announced the first customer shipment of its Serial RapidIO endpoint solution on its B2-AMC in January, provides the essential building blocks required by OEMs for developing and deploying their innovative systems in defense, communications, instrumentation, and life sciences applications. BittWare’s product offering addresses OEM needs from prototype-to-production and span a variety of platforms, including AMC, VME, PCI, CompactPCI, PC/104, PC/104-Plus, PMC and standalone.

Embedded Planet is a leading full service single board computer and embedded systems solution provider. The company’s unique set of capabilities supports OEMs in the networking, military, industrial, and medical markets through the entire lifecycle of product development with customized training from project launch through high quality volume production services during product deployment.

HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd. provides chips for fixed network, optical network, wireless network, data communication and network security which are widely used in over 100 countries and regions around the world, and WCDMA handset chipset and solutions, and chipsets and solutions for network monitoring, videophone, DVB, IPTV and digital TV.

About RapidIO Trade Association
The RapidIO Trade Association and its global members drive the RapidIO interconnect architecture. This ISO- and ANSI-certified, open-standard seamlessly enables the chip-to-chip, board-to-board, control, backplane and data plane interconnections needed in high performance networking, communications and embedded systems. RapidIO-based products are shipping now, including silicon chips, boards and systems.

RapidIO(R) is a registered trademark of the RapidIO Trade Association.