VMETRO Selects Tundra Tsi578 Serial RapidIO Switch

Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX: TUN), a leader in System Interconnect, announces that VMETRO, a leader in embedded computing solutions, has selected Tundra’s Tsi578(tm) Serial RapidIO® Switch for its new Quad-Core Processing Engine and Single Board Computer. VMETRO recently launched two new 6U VPX-REDI offerings, which use the Tsi578 for large-scale DSP aggregation and also Tundra’s Tsi148(tm) VME Bridge, the highest bandwidth VMEbus bridge available today.

“RapidIO is the fabric of choice for our customers’ embedded multi-processing applications and RapidIO switches from Tundra are the ideal interconnect choice for VMETRO. By using Tundra’s Tsi578 RapidIO switch, our VPX multi-processor boards provide a system fabric with the features our customers demand – low latency, low overhead, high throughput, peer-to-peer communication, reliability, and scalability. No other fabric offers this complete set of features,” said Mike Jadon, Chief Technology Officer, Embedded Products for VMETRO, Inc. “Customer’s deploying VMETRO’s new MPE730 and SBC731 with RapidIO across the VPX backplane will get the performance and reliability they need for their multi-processing applications,” continued Jadon.

“VMETRO’s selection of the Tsi578 demonstrates the positive market response to our leading edge products,” said Tracy Richardson, Vice President Marketing, Tundra Semiconductor. “In addition to using Tundra’s industry-leading VME Bridge, the Tsi148, Critical Embedded System customers are now making use of RapidIO Switches to enhance performance and add scalability to their next generation designs.”

VMETRO’s MPE730 is a VPX-REDI quad-core processing board with dual PMC/XMC mezzanine sites and on-board Serial RapidIO and PCI Express® fabric connectivity. Utilizing dual Freescale Power ArchitectureTM MPC8641D processors, the four cores provide significant processing power while still meeting rugged, extended temperature convection and conduction-cooled requirements. Combining this processing power with the flexibility of dual PMC/XMC sites and the Serial RapidIO fabric enables powerful distributed multi-processing subsystems to be deployed and customized for a variety of applications such as radar and signal intelligence.

VMETRO’s SBC731 is a VPX-REDI PowerPC(tm) single board computer with dual PMC/XMC mezzanine sites and on-board Serial RapidIO and PCI Express fabric connectivity. Utilizing a single Freescale MPC8641D processor while maintaining the same PMC/XMC, I/O and interconnect capabilities of the MPE730, the SBC731 is suitable for host board applications such as mission and control processors.

About VMETRO
VMETRO [OSE: VME] provides commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) board- and system-level embedded computer products from development to deployment for applications in Aerospace & Defense, Industrial, Communications, Medical, Enterprise Computing and Network Storage. Our products offer the highest levels of performance, innovation and reliability by applying state-of-the-art technology within the framework of well established industry standards. VMETRO is a leading supplier of 1) Embedded Computing – ruggedized and commercial grade high-performance Digital Signal Processing and FPGA Processing solutions, Analog, Digital and Fiber-Optic I/O, and Buffer Memory Nodes 2) Data Recorders & Storage – ruggedized and commercial grade real-time long-endurance recording, playback and analysis systems for high-speed sensor data 3) Protocol & Bus Analyzers – debug, validation and analysis tools for testing computer systems and 4) Network Storage devices – solid-state non-volatile cards designed to increase performance and maintain reliability in server and storage appliances.

About Tundra
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN) supplies the world’s leading communications, computing and storage companies with System Interconnect products, intellectual property (IP) 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®, PCI, PCI-X, PCI Express®, PowerPC®, 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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