Tundra Semiconductor Commits to Serial RapidIO Interconnect Products

7/16/2004 - At the RapidIO Trade Association Annual General Meeting held in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Tundra Semiconductor (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, announced that it has serial RapidIO System Interconnect products in development.

"I'm excited about these new products that we are developing," said Rick O'Connor, CTO, Tundra. "Tundra is dedicating a significant portion of its R&D budget to serial RapidIO. We are working closely with lead customers in our target markets to ensure we develop the serial RapidIO products that meet their needs."

Tundra has played a key role in driving the RapidIO standard since its inception and is a founding member of the RapidIO Trade Association. Tundra is represented on the Association's Steering Committee as well as in the Technical and Marketing Working Groups.

Tundra is working with industry leaders to develop serial RapidIO technology. In 2003 Tundra announced a development agreement for RapidIO next generation System Interconnect technology with Texas Instruments. In early 2004 Tundra and Mercury Computer Systems announced Ensemble, a serial RapidIO Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) development System, which was demonstrated at the Motorola Smart Network Developers Forum. Tundra is also part of the PICMG 3.5 Working Group, established to standardize the use of serial RapidIO in ATCA systems.

"RapidIO is a single interconnect technology that can scale across a wide spectrum of system interconnect needs," said Dave Wickliff, Lucent Technologies and member of the RapidIO Trade Association's Steering Committee. "Control and data plane functions can be handled in a unified manner while providing a rich set of reliability and bandwidth features. RapidIO reduces the plethora of different interconnects used in a system, thereby reducing glue logic, associated management and performance costs."

When the RapidIO standard was first conceived in the late 1990s, it was as a parallel standard. Tundra was the first company to build and introduce parallel RapidIO System Interconnect products: the Tundra Tsi400TM RapidIO-to-PCI Bus Bridge and the Tundra Tsi500TM RapidIO Multiport Switch.

"Over the last few years the RapidIO standard has evolved to serial," said Rick O'Connor. "And, apart from certain specialized applications, customer demand has followed."

Today, the Tundra Tsi500 is being designed into niche customer applications and, as part of Ensemble, is an important enabler for serial RapidIO. This device will be brought into production later this year. The Tundra Tsi400 has performed well as a parallel RapidIO enabler. It will be available for existing customers for prototyping their designs but will not be brought to production.

"Tundra is committed to delivering products that our customers value," said Jim Roche, President and CEO, Tundra. "Our target markets and our customers are converging towards serial RapidIO for their designs. These customers are looking to Tundra for their serial RapidIO System Interconnect requirements."

About Tundra
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation designs, develops, and markets standards-based System Interconnect for use by the world's leading communications and storage system companies. Tundra supports RapidIO, VME, PCI standards. 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 sales offices in the U.K., across the US and in Asia. Tundra sells its products worldwide through a network of direct sales personnel, independent distributors and manufacturers' representatives. Tundra employs about 200 employees worldwide.

TUNDRA is a registered trademark of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (Canada, U.S. and U.K.). TUNDRA, the Tundra logo, Tsi400, Tsi500 and Design. Connect. Go. are trademarks of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation.

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