Motorola Announces Milestone in VME Renaissance

8/23/2002 - Motorola Computer Group, a part of Motorola, announced that its engineers have completed the design of the PCI-X/VMEbus bridge logic, code named "Tempe," which is a significant milestone in the company's VME Renaissance initiative.

Motorola engineers are currently testing the Tempe logic using both simulation and actual proof-of-concept boards. The company has populated specially designed VMEbus boards with the new TI SN74VMEH22501 VMEbus transceivers and an FPGA that implements the internal logic of the Tempe ASIC. Engineers have demonstrated a number of these boards communicating with each other using the 2eSST protocol across a standard VMEbus backplane in a standard VME chassis. The proof-of-concept boards and other simulation efforts are part of Motorola's development process, which is designed to smooth the transition of the technology from design to manufacturing, and are not intended to be offered for sale.

The innovative Tempe design, based on intellectual property developed by Motorola Computer Group, will implement the 2eSST protocol established as an industry standard by the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA). The protocol allows the VMEbus to run at a bandwidth up to 320Mb/s. The VME Renaissance is a period of innovation and performance improvement that will help to deliver significant enhancements over the coming years, while continuing to help protect customers' hardware and software investments.

This demonstration follows Motorola's recent announcement that it has signed a contractual agreement with Tundra Semiconductor Corp., a leader in system interconnect for the communication infrastructure and storage markets, under which Tundra will now have the responsibility to market, manufacture, sell and support the Tempe ASIC in the general embedded market. Motorola also reaffirmed its intention to develop products featuring the Tempe ASIC sourced from Tundra and other VME Renaissance technologies.

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