IDT and Prodrive Technologies Partner to Develop 100ns Latency, Energy-Efficient RapidIO Switch Appliance Portfolio

SAN JOSE, CA -- Integrated Device Technology, Inc. has teamed with Prodrive Technologies to develop a new portfolio of RapidIO-enabled switch appliances, delivering the ultra-low latency, high bandwidth and energy efficiency needed for the development of a variety of wireless and data center applications. Featuring 100ns switch latency, the appliances are ideal for designs in 5G, C-RAN, mobile edge computing, high-performance computing, data analytics and financial trading.

The new products are the result of work the two companies have conducted under the charter of the Open Compute Project (OPC) HPC group, which IDT co-chairs. The switch appliances leverage IDT's RapidIO technology, used in virtually every 4G LTE phone call and download made today.

RapidIO switches are used to connect computing components in complex processing-intensive systems, including SoCs, DSPs, FPGAs, GPUs and custom ASICs. IDT has shipped more than 110 million ports of its 10-20 Gbps RapidIO switches for use in production networks. In addition to using the second-generation switches, the new appliance portfolio will deploy IDT's recently announced RXS family of RapidIO switches, which enable ports running at up to 50 Gbps with less than 1.2 W per port and 100ns latency.

Initial systems leveraging switch appliances with 38 ports operating at 20 Gbps have been deployed in wireless C-RAN and data analytics systems. Additional products, expected in the latter half of 2016, leverage IDT's 50 Gbps-per-port RXS switch silicon portfolio with 19 inch rack-mountable systems.

The switch appliances feature scalable modularity with 32 to 96 ports supporting clustering at rack or multi-rack scale for target applications supporting heterogeneous processing with CPUs and accelerators. Multiple switch appliances can be connected in a leaf and spine network leveraging the RapidIO protocol to connect up to 64K processing nodes in a single network. Individual ports can be configured to run at a variety of speeds, including 1, 2.5, 5, 10, 20, 40 and 50 Gbps, and thus tuned to optimize overall system power consumption, depending on application workload.

The RapidIO Switch appliance portfolio, along with RapidIO servers with Power architecture and FPGAs, will be shown at the OpenPOWER booth at the OCP Summit March 9 and 10 in San Jose. IDT will present its RapidIO-based computing solutions in both the HPC and Telco tracks at the OCP Summit on March 10.

The switch appliance products are available directly from Prodrive Technologies at  

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