Tundra Offers RapidIO Hardware Interoperability Platform Prototyping System

9/29/2004 - Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, announced the commercial availability of the RapidIO Hardware Interoperability Platform prototyping system (HIP). Tundra also announced the newest member of the Tundra Third Party Partner program - Silicon Turnkey Express a division of RPC Electronics, Inc. - as the manufacturer and distributor for the HIP.

The HIP, which has generated momentum with silicon manufacturers, diagnostic tool developers and real time operating systems (RTOS) vendors, is a key RapidIO enabler. It provides an interoperability foundation for semiconductor, connector, diagnostic tools, software, backplane vendors, systems architects and designers to build upon.

The HIP architecture is a RapidIO platform supported by software development tools and hardware diagnostic tools that enables designers to seamlessly and cost-effectively prototype with RapidIO technology. All RapidIO semiconductor vendors have used the HIP for their interoperability and component testing.

"Silicon Turnkey Express is pleased to have been chosen by Tundra to manufacture and distribute the HIP," says Robert Applebaum, President and CEO, Silicon Turnkey Express. "This launch marks the beginning of what we know will be a mutually successful and extensive relationship. We look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with Tundra as they continue to develop solutions that customers value."

"We are excited about having Silicon Turnkey Express as one of our Third Party Partner program members," said Rick O'Connor, Chief Technology Officer at Tundra. "They will help Tundra respond to our customers needs for low-risk solutions and shorter product development cycles. They are integral members of the RapidIO ecosystem."

Tundra Third Party Partners
The Tundra partner program provides customers with increased ease of use value through partner solutions. Tundra partners are leaders in the embedded systems community, and provide a range of hardware and software design and debug tools that complement Tundra products. These tools address the demands for shorter customer development cycles. Partner products include: RTOS, development and diagnostic tools, and evaluation boards.

About Silicon Turnkey Express
Silicon Turnkey Express is a division of RPC Electronics Inc., and was started in 2003 to focus on serving the semiconductor and embedded software industry and their OEM customers. Its mission is to offer differentiated EMS capabilities (Original Design Manufacture (ODM) products / embedded software development) that generate revenue for the RPC core Electronics Manufacturing Services business. For pricing and purchase information about the HIP visit www.silicontkx.com.

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, and PCI/X 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, Design. Connect. Go. are trademarks of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation.

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