Tundra Introduces World's First Serial RapidIO Development Platform

7/21/2005 - Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, announced the availability of the Tundra serial RapidIO development platform. Continuing its commitment to provide comprehensive design support tools, Tundra has partnered with Silicon Turnkey Express (STx) to supply the reference design platform using the Tsi568ATM serial RapidIO switch. Already a member of the Tundra Third Party Partner Program and a supplier of the Tundra Hardware Interoperability Platform (HIP), STx will manufacture and distribute the serial RapidIO development platform. This development platform combined with other easily accessible design support tools for the Tundra RapidIO System Interconnect product family will facilitate the flexibility and rapid prototyping capability needed to design next-generation systems faster.

"Our partnership with Tundra has evolved from providing parallel RapidIO solutions using the Tundra HIP II to providing the serial RapidIO development board using the Tundra Tsi568A serial RapidIO switch," says Robert Applebaum, President of Silicon Turnkey Express. "Customers are going to be pleased with the degree of flexibility and the overall benefit of reducing both their design risk and time-to-market."

The serial RapidIO development platform will provide system architects, boards designers and software developers with a low cost prototyping solution. The platform is a stand-alone card that is powered through a standard ATX (Advanced Technology eXtended) supply and can be used in conjunction with off-the-shelf processing and I/O (input/output) boards to immediately create a "proof of concept" system, an application software development environment, customer demonstration system or an interoperability-testing suite. This development board is a critical component of customers' development activities and will reduce system development risk.

The serial RapidIO development platform leverages various industry standard mechanical connectors including, Advanced Mezzanine Connectors (AMC), SubMiniature version A (SMA) connectors, Hardware Interoperability Platform connectors (HIP), and a 4x I/O (input/output) differential cable connector. This level and breadth of interoperability enables a high degree of flexibility so customers can perform a range of development and diagnostic activities including, prototyping and interoperability testing.

"Customers of our high performance TMS320C6455 digital signal processor (DSP) should find the Tundra serial RapidIO development platform useful for prototyping multi-channel voice and video applications, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), media gateways, and video network infrastructure," said Thomas Brooks, DSP Platform Marketing Manager at Texas Instruments.

"With the launch of this development board, Tundra continues to demonstrate its leadership and commitment to providing customers with the design tools they need to develop RapidIO-based systems," says Iain Scott, President of the RapidIO Trade Association. "The ecosystem is strengthened by the availability of a development platform that enables system prototyping and promotes interoperability between semiconductor vendors. Both customers and RapidIO vendors will benefit greatly from using this platform."

"Tundra design support tools reduce development time and design risk, ultimately minimizing design challenges for our customers" says Rick O'Connor, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Product Management at Tundra. "Over the course of the year, as the RapidIO ecosystem continues to introduce new products, customers and partners will be able to leverage this development platform to continue to prove interoperability successes."

The Tsi568A development platform is available now for $3,500USD. To order, please contact Silicon Turnkey Express at (440) 461-4700 or email info@silicontkx.com.

Tundra Semiconductor Corporation delivers standards-based System Interconnect for use by the world's leading vendors of wireless infrastructure, networking, storage and pervasive computing systems. Tundra System Interconnect allows customers to link critical system components while compressing development cycles and maximizing performance. For more information, please visit www.tundra.com.

Silicon Turnkey Express is a designer and manufacturer of (ODM) Original Design Manufacturer reference platforms for our embedded silicon partners and their OEM customers. STx focuses on providing integration, support, and design services to semiconductor suppliers for their new development systems as well as offering our own branded ODM production ready embedded reference boards and software. In addition STx provides a "concept to production" solution by providing the OEM customer both custom design and integration services with follow on Electronic Manufacturing Services. More information is available at www.silicontkx.com.

TUNDRA is a registered trademark of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (Canada, U.S. and U.K.). TUNDRA, the Tundra logo, and Tsi568A are trademarks of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation.

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