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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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-- Mercury Ensemble MSW-100 RapidIO MicroTCA Switch Module, including Tundra's Tsi578(TM) -- CommAgility AMC-6487C Baseband Advanced Mezzanine Card, which includes Texas Instruments TCI6487 Multicore DSPs and Tundra's Tsi578 Serial RapidIO Switch -- Tundra Tsi574(TM) Serial RapidIO Signal Analyzer -- Fabric Embedded Tools RapidFET(TM) Probe

The AMC Baseband Card provides multicore DSP performance to address the processing needs of LTE, WiMAX and eWCDMA, leveraging RapidIO. The combined Mercury Ensemble MSW-100 MicroTCA Switch Module and Tsi574 Signal Analyzer solution deliver optimum 10 Gigabit RapidIO backplane design. System configuration and bring up is enabled by the RapidFET Probe portable diagnostic tool. Individual components in this combined solution can be purchased now, from the respective component vendors. TI's recently announced TCI6484 EVM can be added to the baseband platform, for those customers choosing to use high performance single core DSPs for wireless applications.

"RapidIO is the interconnect of choice for next generation wireless infrastructure systems, with up to 10 Gbps data transfer rates across the backplane and chip-to-chip. Now, designers can jumpstart their base station design with an off-the-shelf solution, using proven interoperable components from leading RapidIO providers," said Tom Cox , Executive Director, RapidIO Trade Association.

Tundra is displaying its "baseband-in-a-box solution" at the TI Developer Conference in Dallas Texas this week. For details go to www.tundra.com, or stop by their booth, #121. The new platform will be featured in the following presentation at TI Developer Conference, "Cost Reducing Wireless Baseband with Tundra RapidIO Switches and TI DSPs," Tuesday Feb 26th 2:00 p.m.

About Tundra RapidIO(R) Switches

Tundra switches provide chip-to-chip interconnect between RapidIO end- points and can replace existing proprietary backplane fabrics for board-to- board interconnect. As a founding member of the RapidIO Trade Association and long-time Steering Committee member, Tundra continues to provide leadership in the development of the RapidIO standard and was the first semiconductor vendor to bring Parallel and Serial RapidIO switches to market. RapidIO is the leading serial interconnect standard for embedded systems and is supported by industry leaders such as, Alcatel- Lucent Technologies, AMCC, EMC Corporation, Ericsson, and Freescale Semiconductor. The Tundra family of RapidIO switches includes the Tsi620(TM), Tsi578(TM), Tsi576(TM), Tsi574(TM), Tsi568A(TM), and Tsi564A(TM).

About Texas Instruments DSP Baseband Solution

TI's TCI6487 offers three-times the performance of previous infrastructure solutions, providing greater channel enhancement and more flexibility while reducing design complexity for OEMs. Manufactured in 65nm process node, this new DSP is the highest performing processor in TI's TMS320C64x+(TM) DSP series. As a result, carriers will be able to deploy advanced networks quickly while future proofing their investments. The ability to upgrade performance with software enhancements also enables service providers to support emerging standards such as LTE, 3GPP and 3GPP+, while easily adding new features and services to their networks. This, in turn, will provide subscribers access to the latest and greatest services and capabilities that the wireless world can deliver.


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