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E2V - PC109 Host Processor Bridge

E2V Technologies : 10 October, 2006  (New Product)
e2v Introduces the PC109 Host Processor Bridge For Extended-Reliability Applications
Tundra Semiconductor's high performance Tsi109 now available for Military/Aerospace applications

e2v extends its high-reliability processor offering by launching the PC109 Host Processor Bridge, the extended-reliability version of the Tundra Tsi109 Host Bridge from Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. Following closely after the signing of an agreement between e2v and Tundra to provide System Interconnect products for extended-reliability markets, the PC109 Host Bridge provides system interconnect between PowerPC« processors, PCI peripherals and local memory. The PC109 is capable of supporting two processors connected through the MPX bus and is capable of operating at a bus speed up to 167 MHz (or up to 200 MHz when supporting a single processor).

'The PC109 Host Bridge companion chip ideally complements the PC7447A and PC7448 high-reliability microprocessors and will deliver our customer's higher optimized design for high performance applications while reducing the overall system costs', said Eric Marcelot e2v's Product Marketing Manager for e2v's High-Reliability Microprocessors. 'We are proud to deliver this product only two months after announcing our agreement with Tundra, and we are looking forward to introducing more system interconnect products from Tundra that satisfy the most demanding system performance requirements of some high-reliability embedded applications such as radars, aircraft displays, electronic countermeasures, where performance, power efficiency and reliability are critical to the mission's success'.

'Customers with high reliability requirements, particularly in extreme environments, now have an opportunity to take advantage of all of the performance benefits of Tundra's Tsi109, in the new PC109 which e2v has launched today. Partnering with e2v is a win-win for Tundra, for e2v and for the unique industries that these products serve, said Rick O'Connor, Chief Technology Officer at Tundra.

The PC109 features a DDR2 memory controller supporting DDR2-400 devices. The 133MHz PCI-X interface and the two Gigabit Ethernet ports offer a very high data bandwidth. With its low level of active power and integrated features such as clock generation, DMA, Interrupt Controller, I2C, UART, the PC109 provides system designers with greater overall system performance, and reduced system design complexity, while delivering best system performance-per-watt.

The PC109 host bridge for PowerPC is available for sampling in a 1023-ball Flip-Chip Plastic BGA package. Production ramp-up is scheduled over the fourth quarter of 2006, and product qualification is planned to be completed in first quarter of 2007.

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