Tundra Semiconductor Introduces Multi-Standard Serial RapidIO Switch with PCI Bridging and FPGA Interface

    Tsi620 Significantly Reduces 3G Wireless Baseband Costs

    SANTA CLARA, CA, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - AdvancedTCA Summit - Tundra
Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), a leader in System Interconnect, today
introduced the Tsi620(TM), an innovative multi-standard Serial RapidIO Switch
that lowers 3G baseband costs by bridging RapidIO-based DSP clusters to low
cost embedded processors and FPGAs.
    The Tundra Tsi620 significantly lowers 3G baseband processing costs by
directly connecting a switched cluster of RapidIO-enabled DSPs to low cost
PCI-enabled microprocessors, in many cases leveraging investment in existing
software solutions. Further cost savings are realized by taking advantage of
the Tsi620's unique RapidIO port for FPGA interconnect. This port allows
baseband designers to select cost competitive FPGAs without integrated SerDes.
    "Baseband cards can be implemented with significant cost savings with the
Tsi620, while at the same time benefiting from the latest signal processing
capacity of today's high performance multi-core DSPs," said Daniel Hoste,
Chief Executive Officer, Tundra Semiconductor. "This new RapidIO Switch allows
customers to both increase their baseband performance and significantly reduce
overall system cost," continued Hoste.
    "The Tsi620 RapidIO Switch leverages proven interoperability between
Tundra switches and TI's wireless infrastructure optimized TMS320TCI6482 and
TMS320TCI6487 DSPs," said Ramesh Kumar, Marketing Director for the Wireless
Baseband Group at Texas Instruments. "TI's base station customers will benefit
from the ability to design cost-efficient baseband cards by leveraging lower
cost FPGA and host processors."
    "RapidIO continues to gain momentum in DSP applications where FPGAs are
used to significantly increase performance by off-loading computational
intensive functions from DSPs," said Steve Mensor, Senior Director, IP and
Technology Product Marketing at Altera. "The Tsi620 allows users to build DSP
switch applications with Altera's latest Cyclone III and Stratix III FPGA
products and with Altera's HardCopy structured ASICs if they are designing for
    "The Tsi620 extends the use of RapidIO endpoint clusters into
heterogeneous systems that use FPGAs and PCI-based processors. Tundra's
innovative solution will again expand the RapidIO ecosystem and offers
customers an opportunity to take advantage of the features and benefits of
RapidIO in cost-sensitive but high performance applications," said Tom Cox,
Executive Director, RapidIO Trade Association.

    Tsi620 Features

    - RapidIO Interface:
        - Up to three ports in 4x mode
        - Up to six ports in 1x mode
        - 1.25 Gbaud, 2.5 and 3.125 Gbaud data rate as well as non standard
          speeds in between
    - Non-serial FPGA Interface: Supports RapidIO (layers 2 and 3) at 1 to 10
      Gbps data rate
    - PCI Interface that operates up to 66 MHz and supports up to four
    - Low latency with cut-through capability
    - Enhanced SerDes for low power solution
    - High-performance Multicast Engine
    - Low power:
        - Leverages Tsi57x technology at 120-200mW per RapidIO port
        - Typical power of less than 4 W
    - RapidIO Switch software compatible with Tsi57x products
    - Packaging:
        - 27 x 27 mm, 675-pin PBGA
        - Industrial and commercial temperature operating ranges
        - Eutectic and RoHS/Green packages

    Tundra at AdvancedTCA Summit, Santa Clara, California, October 16-18,

    Tundra's Director of Strategic Marketing, Stephane Gagnon will present to
the Summit "Developing Wireless Infrastructure Using ATCA and MicroTCA Systems
and RapidIO Switches" which he will present on Tuesday, October 16 at 1:30pm
Eastern Time.

    Availability and Design Support Tools

    The Tundra Tsi620 will be available in early 2008. Volume pricing for
this switch is $99 USD. To order, please contact sales@tundra.com.

    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, AMCC, EMC Corporation,
Ericsson, Freescale Semiconductor, Alcatel-Lucent Technologies and Texas
Instruments. The Tundra family of RapidIO switches includes the Tsi620,
Tsi578(TM), Tsi574(TM),  Tsi576(TM), Tsi568A(TM), and Tsi564A(TM).

    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), PowerPC(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
    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,
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 Tsi578(TM) and Tsi620(TM) was made possible in part
with the assistance of the Technology Partnerships Canada Program.

    (C) Copyright 2007 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 Corporation, (613) 697.6788, keri.zeran@tundra.com

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