Tundra Semiconductor, Atmel to provide system interconnect products


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and San Jose, CA Tundra Semiconductor Corp. and Atmel Corp. announced an agreement enabling Atmel to deliver a selection of Tundra's portfolio of high-performance interconnect devices with enhanced capabilities for applications requiring extended-temperature and extended-reliability specifications. As a result of this announcement, Tundra and Atmel Grenoble will offer comprehensive processing systems solutions in the embedded computing, industrial, telecommunications, military and space markets.

Atmel has been licensed to offer host bridges for Tundra PowerPC and RapidIO interconnect products as either commercial devices upscreened to meet extended-reliability demands (such as high temperature range, burn-in or other specific qualifications), or as high reliability devices assembled and tested by Atmel to military screening levels such as MIL-PRF 38535.

“Atmel Grenoble is recognized as the specialist in supplying extended reliability microprocessors and we are confident our products will be more widely available to customers who are developing systems suitable for harsh environments,” said Daniel Hoste, vice president of products at Tundra.

Joining the PC106 and PC107, will be the PC109, the extended-reliability version of the Tundra Tsi109 Host Bridge for PowerPC. The PC109, a companion chip for the PC74xx high-reliability microprocessors supported by Atmel, will be available from Atmel during fourth quarter 2006. In addition to the host bridges, Atmel intends to offer extended-reliability versions of Tundra's portfolio of serial RapidIO switches.

“With more than 20 years of successful support of Freescale Semiconductor's PowerPC and 68K microprocessors for extended reliability markets, we are delighted by the opportunity to officially team with Tundra. Tundra’s System Interconnect products ideally complement our microprocessor portfolio and will broaden the range of solutions available for our customers,” said Thierry Gouvernel, director of BMS product line at Atmel Grenoble.

Renee Robbins , embedded sysetms editor, Control Engineering

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