Tundra Introduces Multi-Standard RapidIO Evaluation Platform with Texas Instruments and Altera - Tsi620 Evaluation Platform Reduces Time-to-Market and Cost In High Performance Systems

    OTTAWA, July 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Tundra Semiconductor Corporation
(TSX:TUN), a leader in System Interconnect, today introduced an evaluation
platform centered on its Tsi620(TM) multi-standard RapidIO(R) Switch. In
addition to the Tundra Tsi620, the multi-platform evaluation platform uses
Texas Instruments (TI) TMS320TCI6487 high performance multi-core DSP and an
Altera(R) Stratix(R) III FPGA to enable prototyping and, ultimately, cost
reduction in applications such as high performance wireless and video
processing, medical imaging and military signal-processing solutions.
    The platform allows customers to use the RapidIO protocol for DSP or
processor aggregation, while leveraging the Tsi620's hardware bridging to low
cost PCI-enabled processors. The platform offers communication with a variety
of cost competitive PCI-enabled microprocessors through a PMC connector,
providing additional cost saving opportunities. TI's 3GHz embedded DSP
delivers exceptional performance in computationally challenging applications.
On the evaluation platform, the Tsi620 interfaces with Altera's Stratix III
FPGA to leverage RapidIO over XGMII. This results in low latency while
leveraging the RapidIO protocol and allows customers to access RapidIO
processor clusters from an FPGA without SerDes. The complete solution allows
customers to reduce their time-to-market, and the bill-of-materials (BOM) in
end applications by over $100 compared to other solutions.
    System OEMs can leverage the flexibility of the platform as a standalone
evaluation board or in a MicroTCA(TM) chassis where RapidIO is running across
the backplane. Designers can now go to market faster using this
production-ready tool, to speed development and testing of application
software and firmware.
    "The Tsi620 evaluation platform leverages proven interoperability between
Tundra switches and TI's high performance TCI6487 DSP," said Sandeep Kumar,
Business Manager for Growth Infrastructure Markets at Texas Instruments. "TI's
high performance application customers will benefit from the cost savings and
acceleration to market offered by this combination."
    "The Tsi620 multi-standard Switch offers our customers the option of
bringing RapidIO features to their high volume designs, that also use PCI
peripherals and non SerDes based FPGAs. We are committed to providing the
market's best solutions with our customers' requirements in mind," said Tracy
Richardson, Vice President Marketing, Tundra Semiconductor.
    "The Tsi620 evaluation platform showcases the flexibility and performance
of Altera Stratix III FPGAs," said David Greenfield, Senior Director of
Product Marketing, High-End Products at Altera. "Altera is the first FPGA
supplier to support RapidIO over XGMII, which is used by the Tundra Tsi620's
FPGA interface port. This support brings the features of RapidIO to our non
SerDes based FPGAs, and gives our customers an option to achieve latency
advantages without the overhead of a SerDes for short reach RapidIO link
    "Tundra continues to bring innovative RapidIO solutions to the market,
expanding the growing RapidIO ecosystem. The Tsi620 multi-standard evaluation
platform offers the performance of RapidIO to silicon without RapidIO
endpoints allowing system vendors to quickly develop applications leveraging
RapidIO, PCI and non SerDes FPGAs that result in high performance with low BOM
cost," said Tom Cox, Executive Director, RapidIO Trade Association.

    Tsi620 Evaluation Platform Features

    - AMC width board usable in MicroTCA or in standalone mode
    - Tsi620 Multi Protocol Switch
    - Texas Instruments TCI6487 DSP
    - Altera Stratix III FPGA running RapidIO over XGMII to Tsi620
    - Antenna interface to FPGA and DSP
    - RapidIO 2x1 from Tsi620 to TCI6487
    - RapidIO x4 to backplane and AMC finger connector
    - Hardware bridging to PCI, PCI interface exposed to PMC connector
    - DSP cluster extendable via backplane RapidIO
    - Ethernet connectivity to FPGA and DSP available through RJ45 connectors

    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 European Union and the People's Republic of China
(registration is pending in the United States). Design.Connect.Go. is a
trademark of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. Tsi620, Tsi578, Tsi576, Tsi574,
Tsi572, Tsi568A, and Tsi564A are trademarks 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.
    Development of the Tsi5xx and Tsi6xx product portfolios were made
possible in part with the assistance of the Technology Partnerships Canada

    (C) Copyright 2008 Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. All rights reserved.
    Information subject to change without notice.

For further information:

For further information: Keri Zeran, Director Marketing Communications,
Tundra Semiconductor, (613) 592-0859 ext. 1744, (613) 697-6788,

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