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Tundra Pushes RapidIO

DALLAS -- Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, today announced the Tundra Tsi578 Serial RapidIO Switch, a high-performance switch with patent-pending technology that delivers the performance, power and configurability that designers of embedded designs need to build reliable, high-performance RapidIO-based systems for a wide range of applications such as wireless base stations and video infrastructure.

The Tundra Tsi578 features:

  • Maximum Scalability, port flexibility supports mixed port widths and speeds to deliver a single solution for mesh, fabric and aggregated systems

  • Hardware Multicast for improved distributed processing performance

  • Supervised Traffic Flow for increased performance and fabric management

  • Enhanced SerDes for the lowest power solution

"We continue to leverage our extensive RapidIO experience and expertise in delivering the Tsi578, our third-generation Serial RapidIO switch," said Rick O'Connor, chief technology officer at Tundra. "With multiple high-performing Serial RapidIO switches in our portfolio combined with commercially-available development platforms and a strong roadmap for next-generation switches, our customers can design their next-generation RapidIO-based systems with confidence."

In a separate release:

DALLAS -- Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, today announced that the Company has launched the world's first RapidIO Interoperability Lab (RIOLAB™) for interoperability and specification compliance testing. Leveraging its depth of expertise, technology leadership, and commitment to drive the commercialization of RapidIO technology, Tundra has served as a de facto test facility for members of the RapidIO ecosystem and OEMs alike, resulting in the development of proven test scripts and making the formalization of the RIOLAB a natural evolution. Members of the RapidIO Trade Association (RTA) steering committee including Ericsson, Freescale Semiconductor, Lucent Technologies, Texas Instruments, Xilinx, and others immediately communicated their support for the RIOLAB initiative as a critical milestone in furthering deployment of RapidIO-based products. Read the RTA Steering Committee Members endorsements.

"The RIOLAB will give commercial semiconductor vendors, FPGA and ASIC developers as well as OEMs, the ability to validate interoperability of their products to the RapidIO specification, and in the longer-term ensure full device interoperability, increasing the potential for broader deployment of the RapidIO standard," said Jag Bolaria, senior analyst at The Linley Group.

The launch of the RIOLAB will accelerate the realization of a test facility that will provide the RapidIO community with formal interoperability reports. The RIOLAB will be designed around graduated levels of interoperability that align with the increasing complexity of both the RapidIO specification and the needs of silicon vendors and OEMs. Operating as an independent facility, the RIOLAB will produce consistent and impartial results facilitating seamless integration of multi-vendor components and accelerating time to market for OEM products. The RIOLAB will build upon the foundation of interoperability checklists formalized by the RTA and is expected to be operational by summer 2006.

"As a founding member of the RapidIO Trade Association, Tundra's depth of expertise and number of years of practical lab experience and interoperability work with leading RapidIO silicon vendors, has made it a natural choice for Tundra to facilitate the creation of a RapidIO Interoperability Lab," said Jim Parisien, product manager, Product Marketing Group, at Tundra Semiconductor. "The establishment of an independent interoperability lab is a welcomed evolution that will meet the needs of RapidIO ecosystem members and OEMs alike."

Tundra Semiconductor Corp. (Toronto: TUN)

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