Motorola and Tundra Join Forces to Bring VME Renaissance

8/15/2002 - Motorola Computer Group signed a contractual agreement with Tundra Semiconductor, a leader in system interconnect for the communication infrastructure and storage markets. Under the terms of this agreement, Tundra will now have the responsibility to market, manufacture, sell and support the PCI-X/VMEbus bridge, code named "Tempe," in the general embedded market. Motorola reaffirmed its intention to develop products featuring the Tempe ASIC design and other VME Renaissance technologies.

The Tempe ASIC design is in progress and Motorola anticipates that it will transition from design to sample manufacturing in December 2002. The innovative Tempe design, based on intellectual property developed by Motorola, will implement the 2eSST protocol established as an industry standard by the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA). The protocol is designed to allow the VMEbus to run at a bandwidth up to 320Mb/s.

VMEbus product vendors and end-users will have access to the Tempe chip through a worldwide channel that has been established by Tundra. In addition to marketing and distributing the product, Tundra will be providing support for the chip in the embedded market and will have the ability to provide future enhancements to the product.

"We have been working with Motorola because of our commitment to the VMEbus and our belief that the market has a long life ahead. The Tempe chip is a key piece in the VME Renaissance—a period of innovation and performance improvement for VMEbus users. This technology will help protect OEMs' investments in VME hardware and software and give them a migration path to next-generation architectures," said Rick O'Connor, chief technology officer, Tundra Semiconductor Corp.

"We are not in the business of distributing and supporting stand-alone ASICs, so a key part of building the VME Renaissance ecosystem was to find a suitable technology and distribution partner for this chip—Tundra was the obvious choice," said Dave Barker, product marketing manager, Motorola Computer Group. "Customers will win as a result of this relationship through access to a proven distribution channel for the chip and a high-level of support from Tundra. Given the industry's early excitement about the VME Renaissance, we're pleased to have this relationship in place and look forward to working with Tundra to unveil the Tempe chip to the market."

About Motorola (
Motorola Computer Group is a business unit of the Motorola Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS). It is the world's leading supplier of embedded computing platforms for equipment manufacturers in telecommunications, military and aerospace, medical equipment and industrial automation, with core competencies in services and training, design, manufacturing and systems integration capabilities. IESS is a leading provider of advanced electronic products and systems for customers integrating electronics into their products. Motorola IESS solutions provide the brains that make electronic systems simpler, safer, smarter and more synchronized. Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions.

About Tundra (
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN) designs, develops, and markets system interconnect for use by the world's leading communications and storage system companies. Tundra System Interconnect is a vital communications technology that enables customers to connect critical system components while compressing development cycles and maximizing performance. Applications include wireless infrastructure, storage networking, network access, military applications, and industrial automation. Tundra headquarters are located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Company also has a design center in South Portland, Maine and a European sales office in Maidenhead, U.K. Tundra sells its products worldwide through a network of direct sales personnel, independent distributors and manufacturers' representatives. Tundra employs about 200 employees worldwide.

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