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Switch advances SRIO ecosystem

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Serial RapidIO? I/O? switch?

Integrated Device Technology Inc.'s CPS-1848 Serial RapidIO (SRIO) Gen2 switch is providing the foundation for an evolving Serial RapidIO ecosystem, the company claims, reporting on its adoption by several vendors, including CommAgility and N.A.T.

The IDT CPS-1848 Serial RapidIO Gen2 switch is being used by CommAgility for its new AMC-V6 Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) featuring the Xilinx Virtex 6 FPGA with mezzanine expansion capability for future Serial RapidIO Gen2 DSPs. It is also being used by N.A.T. for use in its MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH) AMC.

"With our initial launch, the CPS-1848 helped enable the OpenVPX market and now we are seeing adoption in the ATCA and MicroTCA markets," noted Fred Zust, VP and general manager of the communications division at IDT. "OEMs are now able to develop multi-AMC signal processing solutions while leveraging the low latency, 20Gbit/s throughput, messaging capability and topology-agnostic networks possible with IDT Serial RapidIO Gen2 switches."

"Using the IDT CPS-1848 in our AMC-V6 AdvancedMC card, we are able to offer one of the industry's highest-performance DSP solutions while also leveraging IDT's industry-best 20Gbit/s per port CPS-1848, exceeding what we could achieve with 10GbE," said Edward Young, managing director at CommAgility, noting that their customers are involved in wireless baseband, semiconductor processing, medical imaging, radar and sonar markets.

Heiko Koerte, VP and director of sales and marketing at N.A.T. notes that in being the first to market with a RapidIO Gen2-enabled MicroTCA Carrier Hub AMC, N.A.T. is "making the entire market for RapidIO-enabled MicroTCA systems possible well ahead of the competition." He adds that "Leveraging our past experience with IDT in RapidIO 1.3, this was a natural progression for us. By including the IDT CPS-1848, our customers in the communications, aerospace and defense, and medical industries can benefit from the doubled data rate and sub-100ns latency."

IDT is also making available a hardware platform using the IDT CPS-1848 and CPS-1616 switches along with multiple AMC slots and banks of SMA, InfiniBand and QSFP connectors. The Gen2 Serial RapidIO Development Platform (SRDP2) provides a complete hardware environment for early OEM software and firmware development.

Another related development is the launch by Silicon Turnkey Express of the PCIe-SRIO EVM. The card runs at PCIe Gen1 and RapidIO 1.3 speeds using the IDT Tsi620 multiprotocol switch for RapidIO to PCI and Tsi384 for PCI-to-PCIe bridging. The solution, available in advance of IDT PCIe Gen2-to-Serial RapidIO Gen2 bridging products, provides imaging, industrial and aerospace customers with a prototyping solution to use PCIe processors with RapidIO networks

The IDT SRDP2 is available for $5,000.

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