Tundra Semiconductor Partners with Enea to Deliver System Software Using RapidIO(R)



    Using LINX(TM) and RapidIO, Communications Infrastructure Customers Can
    Now Accelerate Time-to-Market

    OTTAWA, March 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Tundra Semiconductor Corporation
(TSX: TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, and Enea, (Stockholm: ENEA.ST),
the world leader in advanced device software for network systems, have
collaborated to deliver Enea's LINX(TM) interprocess communications (IPC)
services over RapidIO(R). Working with Tundra's new Serial RapidIO development
platforms, Enea has implemented and verified complete support for LINX over
RapidIO and interoperability with Tundra's RapidIO switches. Together, RapidIO
and LINX provide a reliable, scalable, high performance interconnect platform
for quickly developing and deploying next-generation communications
infrastructure systems.
    "Network equipment providers require flexible system architectures that
can be easily reused across multiple products lines, scaled to meet increased
subscriber demand, and upgraded to deliver new services," said Linda Thompson,
Vice President of Corporate Alliances at Enea. "Tundra's best-in-class RapidIO
technology, coupled with our LINX IPC services, provide a high performance,
high-availability platform for deploying converged IP multimedia services that
reduce capital and operating expenses for both equipment makers and service
providers."
    "We were thrilled to partner with Enea to bring this technology to the
communications infrastructure market," said Daniel Hoste, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Tundra Semiconductor. "RapidIO is the right System
Interconnect for high bandwidth communications systems and Enea's LINX over
RapidIO will allow our communications customers to deploy new systems to
market faster. RapidIO is increasingly penetrating new aspects of our
customer's and partner's technology and Tundra is meeting the increased demand
for its industry-leading expertise, products, and design tools as RapidIO
evolves," continued Hoste.
    RapidIO is a leading serial interconnect standard for embedded systems,
and is ideal for aggregating and connecting large numbers of microprocessors,
DSPs and FPGAs, both on a single board, and on multiple boards across a
backplane. Tundra, a founding member of the RapidIO Trade Association and
long-time Steering Committee member, was the first semiconductor vendor to
bring Serial RapidIO switches to market. These switches, which include the
Tsi578(TM), Tsi576(TM), Tsi574(TM), Tsi568A(TM), and Tsi564A(TM) provide high
performance chip-to-chip interconnect between RapidIO end-points, and can be
used to replace existing proprietary backplane fabrics for board-to-board
interconnect.
    Enea's LINX provides reliable, high-performance interprocess
communications services over physical interconnects like RapidIO. Utilizing
direct message passing, LINX makes complex distributed systems easier to
conceptualize, model, partition, and scale. LINX scales from DSPs and
microcontrollers to 64-bit CPUs, is independent of the underlying processor
and operating system, supports control and data plane applications over
reliable and unreliable media, and delivers 20% higher performance than
competitive IPC solutions. LINX also supports any distributed system topology,
from a single processor on a single board, to large networks with complex
cluster topologies deployed on hundreds of processors in a multi-rack system.

    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), Power PC(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. For more information, please visit www.tundra.com.

    About Enea

    Enea (Stockholm: ENEA.ST) is the leading supplier of real-time operating
systems, middleware, development tools, database technology and professional
services for high-availability systems such as telecommunications
infrastructure, mobile devices, medical instrumentation, and automobile
control/infotainment. Enea's flagship operating system, OSE, is deployed in
approximately half of the worlds 3G mobile phones and base stations. Enea has
over 500 employees and is listed on the Nordic Exchange. For further
information on Enea, please visit www.enea.com.

    TUNDRA and the Tundra logo are registered marks of Tundra Semiconductor
Corporation in Canada, the European Union and the People's Republic of China
(registration is pending in the United States). Design.Connect.Go. and Tsi578,
Tsi576, Tsi574, Tsi568A and Tsi564A are trademarks of Tundra Semiconductor
Corporation. RapidIO(R) is a registered trademark of the RapidIO Trade
Association. LINX is a trademark of Enea. Other registered and unregistered
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
    Development of the Tsi578(TM), Tsi576(TM) and Tsi574(TM) was made
possible in part with the assistance of the Technology Partnerships Canada
Program.




For further information:

For further information: Tundra: Keri Zeran, Public Relations Manager,
(613) 592-0859 ext. 1744, Mobile: (613) 697-6788, keri.zeran@tundra.com; Enea:
Mark Shapiro Davis-Marrin Communications, (858) 573-0736, Mobile: (619)
249-7742, mshapiro@davismarrin.com

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