Tundra Rolls Out World's First Serial RapidIO Switch

2/15/2005 - The RapidIO Trade Association (RTA), a membership-based organization dedicated to driving the RapidIO interconnect architecture globally (www.RapidIO.org), applauded the introduction last Friday of the world's first serial RapidIO switch, counting it as a significant achievement that underscores RapidIO's strong ecosystem of embedded silicon, software, systems, and OEM companies.

"The announcement of Tundra's Tsi568A serial RapidIO switch marks the beginning of a significant year for RapidIO, with more than 20 RapidIO-based products scheduled for introduction including switches, processors, bridges, FPGAs, silicon IP, boards, software and tools," said Iain Scott, executive director of the RapidIO Trade Association. "The debut of these products throughout the year will ensure OEMs have the devices they need to speed development of RapidIO-based solutions for the embedded marketplace."

The RapidIO Interconnect Architecture, designed to be compatible with the most popular integrated communications processors, host processors, and networking digital signal processors, is a high-performance, packet-switched, interconnect technology. It addresses the high-performance embedded industry's need for reliability, increased bandwidth, and faster bus speeds in an intra-system interconnect. The RapidIO interconnect allows chip-to-chip and board-to-board communications at performance levels scaling to 10 Gigabits per second and beyond.

Designed specifically to achieve high-performance, low-cost, reliable and scalable system connectivity in embedded, networking, and communications devices, the RapidIO specification is being embraced by communications systems OEMs, computer systems manufacturers and silicon vendors around the world.

About The RapidIO Trade Association
The RapidIO Trade Association and its global members drive the RapidIO. interconnect architecture. This ISO-certified, open-standard seamlessly enables the chip-to-chip, board-to-board, control, backplane and data plane interconnections needed in high-performance networking, communications and embedded systems. RapidIO-based products are shipping now, including silicon chips, boards and systems. Detailed information on the RapidIO specification, products, design tools, member companies, and membership is available at www.RapidIO.org.

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