GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Selects Tundra Tsi578 RapidIO Switch

Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), a leader in System Interconnect, announced that GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has selected the Tundra Tsi578(TM), the industry’s highest performance serial RapidIO® switch, for its DSP220, DSP230 and CRX800 system blades designed for defense and aerospace applications.

The Tundra Tsi578 features industry-leading performance and multi-port configurability, providing the level of connectivity required to support a range of system architectures including VPX (also known as VITA 46) and VXS (also known as VITA 41, VMEbus Switched Serial). The wide-spread adoption of the Tundra RapidIO switch portfolio across multiple vertical markets gives embedded computing vendors the confidence that Tundra switches represent the best choice for leading edge products. Tundra’s long-standing presence in the defense and aerospace markets with de facto standard VME bridges gives military and aerospace computing vendors the assurance that Tundra is the optimum company to enable their next-generation system blades.

“Tundra’s long history of supporting the embedded space with excellent off-the-shelf bridge and RapidIO switch solutions, coupled with their expert technical support, makes them a supplier of choice for many of our high-performance applications,” said Peter Cavill, General Manager for Military and Aerospace Products at GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. “Our long-term relationship with Tundra continues to support us in delivering leading-edge solutions for our customers.”

The DSP220 VXS Multiprocessor has been selected by several prestigious military programs.

“GE Fanuc’s system blades are a perfect example of the variety of technologies that our industry-leading RapidIO Switches enable. These applications demonstrate how our customers are leveraging the value of our RapidIO interconnect solutions to bring scalability and throughput to their customers,” said Tracy Richardson, Vice President Marketing, Tundra Semiconductor.

About the GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms DSP220, DSP230, CRX800
The DSP220 is a 6U VXS (VITA 41.2) quad 8641/8641D multiprocessor. Featuring four single- or dual core Freescale(TM) PowerPC® 8641 system-on-chip nodes and a VITA 42.2-compliant XMC slot, the DSP220 is available in six ruggedization levels including air-, spray- and conduction-cooled for extended temperature operation as well as resistance to shock and vibration. The DSP230 is aimed at the most demanding rugged, deployed COTS, multiprocessing applications such as radar, image and sensor processing. The DSP230 is the world’s first 0.8 inch pitch quad 8641 VITA 46 solution providing unrivalled system densities, and is available either as a standalone card or as part of an integrated AXIS MultiComputer. The CRX800 is the world’s first rugged COTS 23-port VITA 41.2 Serial RapidIO Switch. Designed for use with VITA 41.2 (sRIO) payload boards such as the DSP220 quad 8641/8641D multi-core multiprocessor, it is available in six build levels for air-, spray- and conduction-cooled systems and is suitable for extended temperature, shock and vibration environments.

About Tundra RapidIO® Switches
Tundra switches provide chip-to-chip interconnect between RapidIO end-points and can replace existing proprietary backplane fabrics for board-to-board interconnect. As a founding member of the RapidIO Trade Association and long-time Steering Committee member, Tundra continues to provide leadership in the development of the RapidIO standard and was the first semiconductor vendor to bring Parallel and Serial RapidIO switches to market. RapidIO is the leading serial interconnect standard for embedded systems and is supported by industry leaders such as, Alcatel-Lucent, AMCC, EMC Corporation, Ericsson, Freescale Semiconductor, and Texas Instruments. The Tundra family of RapidIO switches includes the Tsi578, Tsi574(TM), Tsi576(TM), Tsi568A(TM), Tsi564A(TM), Tsi620(TM), Tsi578MSM(TM), and Serial RapidIO Endpoint IP.

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

About GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a joint venture between General Electric (NYSE: GE) and FANUC LTD of Japan, is a high-performance technology company and a global provider of hardware, software, services, expertise and experience in automation and embedded computing, with products employed in virtually every industry, including manufacturing automation, defense, automotive, telecommunications, healthcare and aerospace. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is a worldwide company head-quartered in Charlottesville, VA, and is part of GE Enterprise Solutions.

TUNDRA and the Tundra logo are registered marks of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation in Canada, the United States, the European Union and the People’s Republic of China. Design.Connect.Go. and Tsi578 are trademarks of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. RapidIO is a registered trademark of the RapidIO Trade Association, Inc.