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RapidIO

An open standard, packet-switched fabric from the RapidIO Trade Association, Austin, TX (www.rapidio.org). It is used for the switch backplane in networking, storage, military and industrial devices. Replacing proprietary interconnects, RapidIO is widely implemented in carrier infrastructure switches for 2G/3G, VoIP and video applications.

Using 8b10b encoding and 256-byte packets, RapidIO Version 1.0 provides data rates from 1 to 10 Gbps in both directions. Version 2.0 increases the rate to 40 Gbps.

Multi-Layer, Flexible and QoS
Designed with independent logical, transport and physical layers, RapidIO supports flow control, data streaming and multicast. It also supports up to 256 traffic classes, enabling identification of a wide variety of applications for fine tuning quality of service (QoS).
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We look forward to working with IDT and the Open HPAC Lab to enable customers to develop advanced, next- generation applications on top of the RapidIO heterogeneous computing platform.
Wireless and video infrastructure OEM's with space constrained, cost sensitive designs, can take advantage of Tundra's proven RapidIO Switches, including; scalability, performance, hardware multicast, and low latency, in a small 21x21mm package.
Furthermore the post-processing DSP can detect deviations in the vertical alignment of the camera system and send new calibration data to the pre-processing DSP using their RapidIO connection.
"This announcement reinforces the news we've had from vendors, partners, and customers -- OEMs -- that RapidIO-based systems need more convenient prototyping platforms," said Iain Scott, executive director of the RapidIO Trade Association.
"Volume availability of the Tsi500 is a key milestone for Tundra's RapidIO System Interconnect family of products," said Jim Roche, president and CEO of Tundra.
First drafted by Mercury and Motorola in June of last year, the RapidIO spec was turned over to the RapidIO Consortium and is now backed by Alcatel, Cisco, EMC, Ericsson, LSI, Lucent, and Nortel, among many other companies.
He added, "We aim to target solutions that require data analysis or customization that benefits from FPGAs." NI looks to support standards such as Xilinx Aurora, JESD204B, Serial RapidIO, and 10GbE as well as custom protocols.
The BrownDwarf supercomputer leverages TI's Keystone-II, which integrates multiple ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processors, and TMS320C66x digital signal processors (DSPs) that feature embedded RapidIO Gen2 endpoints developed by IDT.
Lattice announced the avail ability of a 4 x 3.125 Gbps version of the Serial RapidIO 2.1, Level 1 endpoint core using the LatticeECP3 FPGA family.
The development platform includes an ATCA-compliant reference board and IP cores that now support all major data transport protocols, including Gigabit Ethernet, Advanced Switching, InfiniBand, PCI Express, and RapidIO. Today's announcement strengthens this position as the preferred option for ATCA-based product designs, a market that has the potential of generating in excess of $20 billion by the end of 2007 *.
The TMS805 RapidIO support package is designed for the intra-system communication architecture called Rapid IO.