Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT), a US based provider of mixed signal semiconductor solutions, has introduced a new family of central packet switches (CPS), 80KSW0006. The new device provides IDT customers with an optimized mix of port count, performance and power consumption for up to six 4x ports of 10G connectivity. The new device also provides low power consumption to eliminate the need for an additional heat sink device in many applications.

The new device offers IDT customers a sustained throughput for the full range of minimum and maximum packet sizes.

Moreover, the serial RapidIO (S-RIO)-based switch addresses the interconnect needs of embedded applications whose functionality is central to routing packets for distribution amongst DSPs, FPGAs or processors, other switches, or any other S-RIO-based devices.

As with other members of the CPS family, the 80KSW0006 incorporates in-house fourth-generation IDT SerDes and S-RIO core switch technology to provide customers with best possible signal integrity, superior flexibility and scalability. The new device supports S-RIO packet switching (including unicast, multicast and optional broadcast) from any of its six input ports to any of its six output ports and is pin-to-pin compatible with the existing IDT PPS family of devices, allowing customers the flexibility to upgrade their new systems to the more powerful pre-processing solution with no impact on hardware or board design.

“High-performance digital signal processing is critical in today’s fast-paced digital wireless market,” said Alan Gatherer, chief technology officer for Texas Instruments’ high-performance and multicore processing group. “These DSPs require a high-performance interconnect to fully achieve their potential in a system. By utilizing IDT’s central processing switching family and working closely with our ecosystem partners to offer complementary solutions that enhance the performance of our DSP technology, we enable our customers to more efficiently develop DSP clusters for baseband processing applications.”

Leveraging the serial RapidIO, JTAG and I2C interconnect standards; the IDT CPS family specifically addresses such markets as wireless and wireline, imaging, medical, military, IPTV, and other high-end communications markets and embedded applications. Following the IDT initiative to provide unparalleled performance in power efficient configurations, the CPS family offers IDT customers a best-in-class solution through fastest possible time-to-market. Supporting software solutions provided for the CPS and PPS switch families include an IDT-developed power calculator that allows customers to estimate power usage in various usage profiles. Customers can use this calculator to adjust device options to achieve maximum power savings.

Based upon proven IDT pre-processing technology, the CPS family includes an advanced feature set developed in conjunction with IDT customers to meet their specific interconnect needs. This feature set is built into the IDT solution to benefit customers when they are in the design phase, but also enables critical diagnostics during early stages of testing and continues to be useful in the end-application. The devices include a “loopback mode,” which enables customers the added flexibility to work with the physical layer of the IDT device and quickly identify the source of any performance bottlenecks. Additionally enhanced functions provide “kill” and “trace/mirror” capabilities that enable an added layer of security that is often critical in embedded applications.

“RapidIO is the interconnect of choice for next generation wireless infrastructure platforms,” said Tom Cox, executive director, RapidIO Trade Association. “The advanced feature set developed in conjunction with RapidIO customers demonstrates the continued commitment of OEM’s to RapidIO to meet their specific interconnect needs now and into the future.” IDT is committed to S-RIO and is addressing the specific S-RIO interconnect needs of the future. In addition to expanding the current family of S-RIO 1.3 based CPS and PPS families, IDT continues to take a leadership role in developing products that will support the Serial RapidIO 2.0 standard. Contributing toward a healthy S-RIO 2.0 ecosystem, IDT proposed and invested in accelerating the development of the Bus Function Model (BFM) adopted by the Rapid IO Trade Association. IDT Serial RapidIO 2.0 products will be announced over the course of the 2009 calendar year.

Hardware/Software Development Kits Ease Evaluation and Design-In:

The CPS solutions are supported by ATCA- and MicroTCA-compatible dedicated development platforms together with a comprehensive range of software development tools, such as GUI, API, drivers and third-party tools. Each kit supports all other IDT pre-processing solutions and S-RIO-enabled solutions, such as the 10G Serial Buffer and CPRI FICs, and enables the designer to tune system and component configurations to meet system requirements. Moreover, to ensure that each system design is optimized for production and meets its time to market objectives, IDT provides customers with extensive collaborative support, including system modeling and signal integrity analyses, and schematic and layout review services.