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Tundra PowerPC host bridge cuts system cost

Posted: 30 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Tundra Semiconductor Corp. has announced sampling availability of its Tsi110 PowerPC host bridge. Suited for designs where cost and power are of primary concern, the Tsi110 targets high-volume applications such as STBs, home gateways, video-over-IP, video surveillance and other multimedia applications.

"Tundra's Tsi110 is a new product which is truly market-driven in its design," said Daniel Hoste, president and CEO of Tundra. "In response to market requirements, the Tsi110 meets the specific performance, power and pricing needs of the consumer information appliance market."

Specifically designed to lower overall system cost, the Tsi110 offers an optimized performance/power solution when designed in conjunction with lower frequency, lower power PowerPC processors. The integrated features of this devicean integrated clock generator, DDR2 SDRAM interface and internal processor bus arbitorreduce the number of board components required and lower overall system cost and complexity. The Tsi110 also supports PCI/X, GbE and flash interfaces.

Power-management features of the Tsi110 support various power saving modes implemented on PowerPC processors as well as reduce active power by disabling unused ports and clocks, while the integrated clock generator saves power over discrete devices. The device supports DDR2 memory which consumes 50 percent less power than DDRa significant factor for minimizing overall power consumption. Designers can now optimize performance and power at an affordable cost.

The Tundra Tsi110 is currently sampling in standard or Pb-free, RoHS-compliant packaging for commercial temperatures and is expected to be in full production by Q2 2007. Volume pricing starts at $45. Since PCIe is not a key requirement for the targeted applications, the Tsi110 has been redesigned to support PCI, PCI-X, DDR2 SDRAM, GbE and Flash interfaces.

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