Tundra Tsi620 Evaluation Platform

Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN) announced an evaluation platform centered on the Tsi620 multi-standard RapidIO Switch. In addition to the Tundra Tsi620, the multi-platform evaluation platform uses an Altera Stratix III FPGA and Texas Instruments (TI) TMS320TCI6487 multi-core DSP to enable prototyping and cost reduction in applications. System OEMs can leverage the flexibility of the platform as a standalone evaluation board or in a MicroTCA chassis where RapidIO is running across the backplane. Designers can now go to market faster using this production-ready tool, to speed development and testing of application software and firmware.

The Tsi620 Evaluation Platform allows customers to use the RapidIO protocol for DSP or processor aggregation, while leveraging the Tsi620′s hardware bridging to low cost PCI-enabled processors. The platform offers communication with a variety of cost competitive PCI-enabled microprocessors through a PMC connector, providing additional cost saving opportunities. TI’s 3GHz embedded DSP delivers exceptional performance in computationally challenging applications. On the evaluation platform, the Tsi620 interfaces with Altera’s Stratix III FPGA to leverage RapidIO over XGMII. This results in low latency while leveraging the RapidIO protocol and allows customers to access RapidIO processor clusters from an FPGA without SerDes. The complete solution allows customers to reduce their time-to-market, and the bill-of-materials (BOM) in end applications by over $100 compared to other solutions.

Tsi620 Evaluation Platform Features

  • AMC width board usable in MicroTCA or in standalone mode
  • Tsi620 Multi Protocol Switch
  • Texas Instruments TCI6487 DSP
  • Altera Stratix III FPGA running RapidIO over XGMII to Tsi620
  • Antenna interface to FPGA and DSP
  • RapidIO 2×1 from Tsi620 to TCI6487
  • RapidIO x4 to backplane and AMC finger connector
  • Hardware bridging to PCI, PCI interface exposed to PMC connector
  • DSP cluster extendable via backplane RapidIO
  • Ethernet connectivity to FPGA and DSP available through RJ45 connectors

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