Tundra Semiconductor Continues RapidIO Leadership with Addition of Cost and Space Sensitive Switch

    Tundra Tsi577 Switch Offers Maximum Performance in 21x21mm Package

    OTTAWA, Oct. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Tundra Semiconductor Corporation
(TSX:TUN), a leader in System Interconnect, today announced the Tundra
Tsi577(TM) Serial RapidIO(R) Switch. By minimizing power consumption and
package size, this Switch now offers customers the powerful functionality of
RapidIO while reducing overall design cost.
    Wireless and video infrastructure OEM's with space constrained, cost
sensitive designs, can take advantage of Tundra's proven RapidIO Switches,
including; scalability, performance, hardware multicast, and low latency, in a
small 21x21mm package.
    "Wireless and video infrastructure OEM's can now leverage a smaller
footprint and cost reduced RapidIO Switch using the Tsi577. Tundra's
industry-leading RapidIO Switches are the de facto standard for all next
generation wireless platforms, with 9 out of 10 of the world's leading
wireless OEM's now using Tundra's RapidIO solutions," said Tracy Richardson,
Vice President Marketing, Tundra Semiconductor. "The Tsi577 leverages the
performance and quality features of our proven RapidIO product line, and
addresses specific customer requirements for a high performance, small
footprint RapidIO Switch, for cost sensitive, space constrained designs."
    Tundra's market leading RapidIO Switches connect high performance
processors required to allow next generation wireless platforms to manage
large volumes of voice and data traffic at high speeds while ensuring
transmission integrity. Tundra's world-class engineering and customer support
assist OEM design teams in bringing to market the world's highest performance
wireless systems.
    "Texas Instruments' digital signal processors (DSP's) optimized for
wireless infrastructure have been the processors of choice for WiMAX, 3G, LTE,
and WCDMA applications," said Kathy Brown, general manager of TI's wireless
infrastructure business. "Our high-performance multi-core TMS320TCI6487/88's
are enabling wireless base station OEMs to support multiple air interfaces
while keeping their power budgets low. Aggregating multiple TI DSP's is a
critical component for high bandwidth wireless baseband systems and the Tsi577
enables clustering of multiple TI DSP's in these systems."
    "RapidIO is the interconnect of choice for next generation wireless
infrastructure platforms. Tundra's optimized Tsi577 RapidIO Switch reduces
interconnect footprint and cost, enabling System OEMs to build competitive,
world-leading wireless, video, military and embedded platforms. The Tsi577
Switch is cost competitive per lane with PCI Express Switches and, due to the
protocol efficiency of RapidIO, the Tsi577 also transmits more payload data
per Gigabit," said Tom Cox, Executive Director, RapidIO Trade Association.
    The new Tsi577 Switch is a small form factor RapidIO Switch compliant
with the RapidIO v1.3 specification. Tundra's new Switch offers designers the
industry's lowest cut-through latency, of 110 nanoseconds, and ensures maximum
performance for real time voice, video and data traffic in next generation
wireless platforms. Designers can rely on the proven interoperability of the
Tsi57x product line and socket compatibility of the Tsi577 with the

    The Tundra Tsi577 Features:

    - Small form factor 21x21 v1.3 RapidIO Switch with 16x1 or 4x4 RapidIO
      for processor aggregation and backplane connectivity with 40 Gbps of
      non-blocking bandwidth
    - Footprint compatible with Tsi576(TM)
    - Low 100 mW per port power for both long and short reach lengths
    - Low 110 ns cut through latency
    - High performance hardware multicast
    - Industry-leading interoperability with the Tsi57x product family

    Availability and Design Support Tools

    The Tundra Tsi577 Switch is sampling now. To order, please contact

    About Tundra RapidIO(R) Switches

    Tundra switches provide chip-to-chip interconnect between RapidIO
end-points and can replace existing proprietary backplane fabrics for
board-to-board interconnect. As a founding member of the RapidIO Trade
Association and long-time Steering Committee member, Tundra continues to
provide leadership in the development of the RapidIO standard and was the
first semiconductor vendor to bring Parallel and Serial RapidIO switches to
market. RapidIO is the leading serial interconnect standard for embedded
systems and is supported by industry leaders such as, Alcatel- Lucent
Technologies, AMCC, EMC Corporation, Ericsson, and Freescale Semiconductor.
The Tundra family of RapidIO switches includes the Tsi620(TM), Tsi578(TM),
Tsi577(TM), Tsi576(TM), Tsi574(TM), Tsi572(TM), Tsi568A(TM), and Tsi564A(TM).

    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., Tsi620, Tsi578, Tsi577, 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 Tsi577 was made possible in part with the assistance
    of the Technology Partnerships Canada Program.

    (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,
(613) 697-6788, keri.zeran@tundra.com

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