Avvida Systems Uses PCI 9656 in Tsunami Image Processing Product

11/19/2002 - PLX Technology, a leading supplier of high-speed interconnect silicon to the communications industry, and Avvida Systems, a leading developer of image-processing hardware and software, announced that the PLX® PCI 9656 I/O Accelerator device is providing Avvida's recently announced Tsunami imaging system with a 66MHz PCI bus interface, enabling the board to achieve 266MB/s PCI throughput. Additionally, the two companies announced that PLX software development tools helped Avvida save significant time in developing Microsoft® Windows® drivers for the Tsunami system, accelerating the board's time to market.

Taking advantage of the PCI 9656's 66MHz PCI interface, Tsunami is Avvida's fastest image-processing board, designed for industrial and medical imaging, video broadcast, high-speed data compression and military applications. The scalable Tsunami architecture offers over 3 Gigabyte per second I/O bandwidth, 1 Gigabyte on board memory resources and flexible I/O mezzanine card.

"Avvida image-processing boards must have the fastest possible speeds in order to achieve the performance standards we and our customers have set," said Brian Tithecott, director of business development at Avvida. "Using PLX's PCI 9656 device in Tsunami delivered the PCI bus speeds we sought to meet the board's performance needs. Additionally, PLX software development tools helped us tremendously with our Windows drivers for Tsunami; the tools saved us considerable software-development time and therefore we were able to get to market faster."

"Avvida's experience with the PCI 9656 for their Tsunami product illustrates both the versatility of PLX PCI devices and the ease with which designers develop products using these devices," said Tom Martin, product marketing manager at PLX. "The PCI 9656 delivers 64-bit, 66Mhz PCI performance, and PLX's development tools streamline the development process and minimize time to market."

66MHz PCI for 32-bit Local Bus Designs
The PCI 9656 serves designs that demand maximum PCI bandwidth without incurring the expense or effort of implementing 64-bit peripherals on the local bus. To provide designers with maximum design flexibility, the PCI 9656 supports three optional 32-bit, 66MHz local bus interfaces selectable with a strapping option. One mode supports Motorola's industry-leading MPC 850/860 PowerQUICC® communication processor and other PowerPC 801-compliant devices. The other two modes are generic 32-bit interfaces -- one with multiplexed address and data buses, the other de-multiplexed. These generic interfaces have been embraced by the industry as de facto standards for a wide variety of devices including processors, memory, DSPs, custom ASICs, and FPGAs.

About PLX Technology
PLX Technology, Inc., based in Sunnyvale, Calif., USA, is the leading supplier of high-speed interconnect silicon to the communications industry. The PLX solution provides a competitive edge to our customers through an integrated combination of high-performance silicon, hardware and software design tools, and partnerships. These innovative solutions are designed to enable our customers to develop communication equipment with industry-leading performance, scalability and reliability. Furthermore, the combination of PLX product features, supporting development tools and partnerships allows customers to bring their designs to market faster. PLX PCI I/O Accelerator, switched-PCI and HyperTransport Tunnel-to-Dual PCI-X devices are designed into a wide variety of embedded PCI communication systems, including switches, routers, line cards, media gateways, base stations, access multiplexors and remote access concentrators.

About Avvida Systems
Avvida Systems is a leading developer and manufacturer of FPGA-centric high-performance image and data-processing systems for a broad range of applications including: broadcast video, data compression, medical and industrial imaging, internet content processing, as well as the security, military and aerospace industries. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Avvida is a privately held company. For more information, contact us at +1 (519) 880-8228.

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