Cypress's QuadPort DSE Available in Italtel FlexBench Rapid Prototyping System

9/20/2002 - Cypress and Italtel announced that Cypress’s QuadPort Datapath Switch Element (DSE) is available as a module in the high-performance FlexBench modular rapid-prototyping system developed by Italtel. Based in Milan, Italy, Italtel designs, develops and installs new-generation integrated multi-service networks (voice/data/video), with a systems integration capability that ensures fixed and mobile operators and ISPs infrastructure that is reliable and open to networking and future technological developments.

Cypress’s QuadPort DSE is a four-port switching element that allows simultaneous access to an integrated memory array from four independent ports. It is available in 64Kx18, 32Kx18, and 16Kx18 configurations. Its availability as a module in the FlexBench rapid prototyping system enables designers to quickly evaluate the benefits of the DSE for their system and also reduces the risk of designing with the innovative new architectures facilitated by the QuadPort DSE. Functions such as data path aggregation, redundant data generation, or time-division demuxing can all be performed with ease using the QuadPort DSE. The QuadPort DSE can also eliminate contention and arbitration issues when a shared bus is needed to provide multiple processors or functional blocks with access to the same data.

FlexBench provides a platform for modular prototyping, saving development teams the complex and time-consuming task of developing their own multi-FPGA board for verification purposes. The FlexBench platform addresses performance limitations and design-flow bottlenecks experienced by many developers using traditional prototyping methods. It includes up to four motherboards, populated with FlexPlug daughterboards, enabling designers to rapidly integrate a wide range of functionalities (large FPGAs, processors, analog interfaces, multi-port memories) as they evaluate their new systems. The FlexPlug modules conform to an open standard form factor and are interconnected by means of an innovative three-dimensional way which links "neighbor" FlexPlug through "channels" implemented by a broad mesh of high-performance pass-transistors.

"The FlexBench system allows designers to recognize the full benefit that the QuadPort DSE can provide to their system architecture," said Chris Norris, vice-president of Cypress’s Data Communications Division. "Cypress appreciates the recognition from Italtel. We’re confident that the combination of our QuadPort DSE with Italtel’s FlexBench system will enable our customers to achieve higher performance and greater efficiency in their communications systems."

Italtel originally selected the Cypress QuadPort DSE because it represents the leading edge of specialty memory devices in terms of design flexibility, enabling innovative architectures by providing new data-sharing options among functional blocks on a linecard. Cypress’s 4Mb Dual-Port RAM (128Kx36) is also available as a FlexPlug module. Cypress is a leading supplier of dual-port memories and this module will make it easy for designers to incorporate the QuadPort DSE into new designs.

"The ability to offer Cypress’s specialty memory products as part of the FlexBench system will provide designers access to the industry’s most innovative memory solutions," said Marco Pavesi, FlexBench project leader at Italtel. "Cypress’s QuadPort DSE and Dual-Port RAM devices offer communications system designers the flexibility and time to market that are critical to users of the FlexBench system."

A single FlexBench rack may host up to 18 FlexPlugs. Pad-to-pad delay is 5 nanoseconds between neighbor FlexPlugs. Taking account of advanced FPGA and memories pad performances, FlexBench easily exceeds 100 MHz performance.

The FlexBench configuration tool is based on DiaFlex, a product of Temento System; the partitioning tool is based on leading edge Synplicity’s Certify tool.

About Italtel
Italtel designs, develops and installs new-generation integrated multi-service networks (voice/data/video), with a systems integration capability that ensures tlc fixed and mobile operators and ISPs infrastructure that is reliable and open to networking and future technological developments. In the last ten years, on average, Italtel has invested 13% of its revenues in innovation. Revenues for 2001 totalled 924,8 million euro. 49% of employees (1600 people) work in the innovation area. Since 2000, Italtel shareholders are Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, the majority shareholder, Telecom Italia, Cisco Systems, Advent International, Brera Capital and the employees.

About Cypress
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) is Connecting from Last Mile to First MileTM with high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch, and core communications-system applications. Cypress ConnectsTM using wireless, wireline, digital, and optical transmission standards, including Bluetooth, USB, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet, and DWDM. Leveraging its process and system-level expertise, Cypress makes industry-leading physical layer devices, framers, and network search engines, along with a broad portfolio of high-bandwidth memories, timing technology solutions, and programmable microcontrollers.

Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. "Connectivity from Last Mile to First Mile" and "Cypress Connects" are trademarks of Cypress.

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