Tundra Licenses Ericsson's MicroTCA Carrier Hub Switching Module

Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, announced a collaboration with Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), the leading wireless infrastructure provider, to license the Switching Module of a MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH) card, designed by Ericsson with Tundra’s Tsi578(TM) Serial RapidIO(R) Switch. The license granted to Tundra includes sub-licensing rights and Tundra will be sub-licensing the design as the Tsi578 MicroTCA Switching Module (MSM), thereby broadening the availability of Serial RapidIO-based MicroTCA Systems.

Tundra announced the industry’s first Serial RapidIO switch in 2005 and subsequently launched the world’s first RapidIO interoperability lab in 2006. With today’s announcement, Tundra, in collaboration with Ericsson, continues to build the Serial RapidIO and MicroTCA ecosystems. The Tsi578 MSM leverages the industry leading features of the Tsi578 16-port Serial RapidIO Switch and provides the switching functionality for a MicroTCA system.

Ericsson designed its MicroTCA carrier hub and associated backplane using Tundra Tsi578 Serial RapidIO switches with excellent support from Tundra’s technical support team. The design is used by Ericsson in ongoing development activities.

“Ericsson selected Tundra for sub-licensing the design, not only because we used their Tsi578 for the card design, but also because we view Tundra as a key ecosystem enabler for RapidIO technology. We’re confident that Tundra has the market presence to ensure wide-spread adoption of the design,” said Gösta Lemne, Director, Head of Radio Systems & Terminals, Ericsson. He further adds that “Making state of the art technology developed by Ericsson available by entering into technology licensing arrangements is something that we view as an efficient way of utilizing selective result from our R&D activities.”

“Networking OEM customers now have a ready-made MicroTCA option to enable faster design development and deployment. Tundra’s Tsi578 MSM offering is another industry-first and a unique opportunity for customers to take advantage of the tested and proven MCH card, originally designed by Ericsson and now available for sub-license from Tundra. Making use of the Tundra Tsi578 Switch, the Tsi578 MSM leverages key features of Tundra’s Serial RapidIO product family, which are critical to development of backplanes in wireless and wire line communication infrastructure. This standards-based solution will enable further adoption of RapidIO in MicroTCA systems,” said Daniel Hoste, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tundra Semiconductor.

“RapidIO is a critical element in ATCA and MicroTCA systems. RapidIO has been winning in local chip-to-chip aggregation applications, with growth in the backplane and this is further evidence of the success of RapidIO in the backplane for wireless and wire line communication infrastructure” said Tom Cox, Executive Director, RapidIO Trade Association.

Tundra Tsi578 MicroTCA Switching Module Features:

  • AMC form factor switching card
  • RapidIO(R) Fatpipe for switching function of a MicroTCA Carrier Hub
  • One 10 Gbps RapidIO port to backplane for each of the twelve AMC slots within a MicroTCA chassis
  • 4x mode, 3.125 Gbaud RapidIO ports operating up to 10 Gbps
  • Two 4x RapidIO interfaces to the front panel
    • Enables communication with other switch cards or external equipment, for cascading or stacking of systems
  • I2C Interface
    • Boot from EEPROM using the I2 C Interface
  • JTAG Interface, 1149.1 and 1149.6 support
  • Hardware Enabled Multicast
  • AMC.0 Rev 2.0 compliant
  • Clean Eye Diagram Signal Integrity at 3.125 Gbaud
  • 100-MHz clock signal for internal register and I2C
  • Differential AC-coupled 156.25 MHz reference clock for the serial transmit and internal switching fabric domains
  • Optimal routing with 14-layer PCB
  • Powered through an AMC connector from MicroTCA chassis
  • 12V DC power supply from AMC connector
    • Generates 3.3 V and 1.2V DC power for Tsi578 Switch
  • Single Width AMC 28.96×73.81×208.53mm

Tsi578 MicroTCA Switching Module Availability
The Tsi578 MSM will be made available in sample quantities to lead customers directly from Tundra. General availability will be through qualified Tundra licensees starting in June 2007, announcements for which will be forthcoming. To acquire a license for the Tsi578 MSM contact productmarketing@tundra.com.

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.

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Development of the Tsi578, Tsi576(TM) and Tsi574(TM) were made possible in part with the assistance of the Technology Partnerships Canada Program.