Tundra Semiconductor Announces RapidIO System Modeling Tool



    Unleash the Maximum Performance Potential of RapidIO

    OTTAWA, May 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN),
a leader in System Interconnect, today announced its new Serial RapidIO(R)
System Modeling Tool(TM). The new System Modeling Tool allows wireless,
military, imaging, video infrastructure and storage OEMs to unleash the full
performance potential and features of RapidIO interconnect to enhance system
level performance, optimize architecture and reduce power consumption.
    Tundra's RapidIO System Modeling Tool improves end-to-end packet
transfers by modeling not only the switch fabric, but also the behavior of the
endpoints in the system, allowing designers to plan and examine the behavior
of end-to-end transactions. Customers can simulate various traffic flows
throughout the system to uncover the optimal priorities for system traffic
flow performance. The new tool, along with the expertise of Tundra Application
Engineers, allows designers to simulate the performance of multiple systems
reusing a single hardware platform. Modeling more than one end-use application
offers OEMs significant cost saving opportunities as designers will have
performance insight at the design stage of the project. Re-use of hardware
platforms to serve more than one end application will get Tundra's customers
to market faster and with lower bill-of-material cost than their competitors.
    "Tundra's lead customers in wireless and video have benefited from this
RapidIO System Modeling Tool by examining and testing the behavior of traffic
flow to endpoints in various scenarios throughout their systems. Customers can
now evaluate and compare system architecture performance results against a
RapidIO-based architecture, without hardware or software investments. This
unique capability offered only by Tundra also provides very early access to
Tundra RapidIO Gen2 features, allowing optimization of upcoming board designs
around Tundra's new solutions," said Daniel Hoste, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Tundra Semiconductor.
    "System simulation is a key advantage for RapidIO designers, providing
performance and system traffic flow understanding, before hardware investments
are made. This new tool offered by Tundra will allow designers using RapidIO
to tap into the high-end features and benefits of RapidIO interconnect,
ultimately improving their system design and performance over their
competitor's offering," said Tom Cox, Executive Director, RapidIO Trade
Association.

    Availability

    Tundra's RapidIO System Modeling Tool is offered by Tundra's world-class
Applications Engineering team in conjunction with RapidIO design support. For
more information about the System Modeling Tool for your design, contact
sales@tundra.com or visit www.tundra.com.

    About Tundra

    Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN) supplies the world's leading
communications, computing and storage companies with 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), Power Architecture(TM), 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 technology
connects critical components in high performance embedded systems around the
world. For more information, please visit www.tundra.com.
    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. is a trademark of Tundra Semiconductor
Corporation. RapidIO is a trademark of the RapidIO Trade Association, Inc.
Other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their
respective owners.

    (C) Copyright 2009 Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. All rights reserved.
    Information subject to change without notice.




For further information:

For further information: Christa-Lee Munro, Communications Manager,
Tundra Semiconductor, (613) 882-2626, Christalee.munro@tundra.com

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