Mixed-signal semiconductor solutions provider Integrated Device Technology has launched a line of central packet switches, which address the interconnectivity requirements of embedded applications utilizing digital signal processor, field-programmable gate array or processors. These could be used in applications for wireless infrastructure, enterprise storage and imaging.
The CPS line incorporates IDT’s serializer/deserializer (SerDes) and serial RapidIO core switch technology. According to the company, the line enables combinations of 4x and 1x port options along with system bring-up and debug features. It is available in three device configurations, including 16-port, 12-port and 8-port options for 1x port counts. The product line is compatible with the IDT PPS Gen 2 family of devices, allowing customers to upgrade. It also includes a calculator that calculates power usage and can be configured through any Serial RapidIO, JTAG or I2C ports.
The CPS devices are available at a price of $50 in 10,000 unit quantities for the CPS-16 (80KSW0002), $47.50 for the CPS-12 (80KSW0004) and $45 for the CPS-8 (80KSW0003).
According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), worldwide sales of semiconductors in September 2007 grew to $22.6 billion, an increase of 5.9% over September 2006 and an increase of 5.0% from August this year. Third-quarter sales of $67.8 billion increased 5.9% from the same period of 2006 when sales were $64.0 billion. Third-quarter sales were 13.2% higher than the $59.9 billion sales in second quarter of 2007. For the first nine months of 2007, sales were $188.8 billion, 3.5% ahead of the $182.5 billion for the first nine months of 2006.
In the previous month, IDT’s competitor Tundra Semiconductor introduced a similar product, the Tsi620, which is a multi-standard Serial RapidIO Switch that lowers 3G baseband costs. The Tundra Tsi620 is expected to be available in 2008 at a volume pricing of $99.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates