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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Tundra Semiconductor Announces First End-to-End RapidIO Baseband Development Platform

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DALLAS , Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Texas Instruments Developer Conference 2008 -- Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX: TUN), a leader in System Interconnect, today announced the availability of the market's first end-to-end RapidIO(R)-enabled MicroTCA(TM) platform for wireless baseband. The platform, offers end-to-end 10 Gigabit RapidIO Interconnect for chip-to- chip and board-to-board links across the backplane.

The platform will allow wireless telecommunication system vendors to expedite their go-to-market schedule with this "baseband-in-a-box" solution. Production-ready components, available now, will speed wireless infrastructure design cycles and free up resources to focus on application firmware and software development. Leveraging the industry's leading semiconductor components, vendors can go to market in full volume production ahead of their competition.

"The baseband platform is a unique solution designed to specifically address wireless base station vendor requirements," said Kathy Brown , product manager for communications infrastructure, digital signal processor systems (DSP), Texas Instruments (TI). "Base station manufacturers rely on TI's high performance DSPs to accommodate bandwidth intense applications, and this new platform allows our customers to focus on custom base station development with a production-ready, interoperable hardware system in place."

"This industry-leading combination of high performance products will change the way our customers develop wireless baseband stations. This 'baseband-in-a-box' solution is a revolutionary way for customers to take advantage of the best the market has to offer, in an off-the-shelf solution leveraging the MicroTCA and RapidIO standards," said Daniel Hoste , President and Chief Executive Officer, Tundra Semiconductor. "This platform offers the processing power and configurability that designers of embedded solutions need to build reliable, high performance RapidIO-based systems for a wide range of scalable and high bandwidth applications".

Four leading vendors supply the components of this industry-first RapidIO platform:

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