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

Tundra Expands Industry-Leading Portfolio of Serial RapidIO(R) Switches

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OTTAWA , May 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Tundra Semiconductor Corporation(TSX: TUN), the leader in System Interconnect, today announced the TundraTsi574 Serial RapidIO Switch, a high-performance switch with patent-pending technology that delivers the performance, power and configurability, designers of embedded designs need to build reliable, high-performance RapidIO-based systems for a wide range of applications such as wireless base stations, media gateways, video infrastructure and DSP-intensive image processing.

The Tundra Tsi574 features: - Link flexibility through mixed port widths and speeds - Hardware multicast for improved distributed processing performance - Supervised traffic flow for increased performance and fabric management - Enhanced SerDes for the lowest power solution - Low noise core, flip-chip packaging, adjustable drive current, adjustable pre-emphasis and receive equalization per lane contribute to high signal integrity

"The launch of the Tsi574 expands our portfolio of switches to include an optimal offering for DSP aggregation on line cards," said Rick O'Connor, chieftechnology officer at Tundra. "As we execute our RapidIO System Inter connectstrategy, we will continue to add to the current portfolio to address the fullspectrum of features our customers and partners need to design successful RapidIO-based systems."

Highly Scalable, Low Port Count Serial RapidIO Switch

Based on the most recent release of the Serial RapidIO Specification v1.3, the Tsi574 Serial RapidIO Switch sets industry benchmarks for high-performance and low power consumption through an innovative feature set supported by world-class design support. Ideally suited for high-performance processor connectivity, the target applications such as media gateways andbaseband will benefit from the switch's ability to route packets to over 64,000 endpoints, independent unicast and multicast routing mechanisms, anderror management extensions that provide proactive issue notification to the fabric controller.

This switch interconnects Serial RapidIO-enabled microprocessors, DSPs,FPGAs, and peripheral devices, supporting an aggregate bandwidth of 40Gbits/s. Scalable for a broad spectrum of networking, wireless and video infrastructure applications, designers can take advantage of configuration options to efficiently manage power requirements for high-performance. The Tsi574's port flexibility supports up to four 4x mode ports or up to eight 1xmode ports, with each port configurable to 1.25 Gbits/s, 2.5 Gbits/s or3.125 Gbits/s. All of the switch's ports are completely independent and willsupport mixed configurations of width and speed.

"When combined with our TMS320TCI6482, the industry's first high-performance RapidIO-enabled DSP, we expect the multicast capability of theTsi574 Serial RapidIO Switch to enhance performance and simplify system design for wireless applications." said Alan Gatherer, chief technology officer for Texas Instruments Communications Infrastructure and Voice Group. "System designers will benefit from new architectural base station design possibilities by using serial RapidIO enabled products. High-performance,scalable switches, such as the Tsi574, are an essential part of the RapidIO ecosystem."

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