IBM Joins RapidIO Trade Association to Promote Adoption of New Interconnect Technology

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from RapidIO Trade Association from ,IBM

    EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. and SAN FRANCISCO, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM
 (NYSE:   IBM) and the RapidIO Trade Association today announced that IBM has
 joined the open-standards body as a steering committee member and will help
 drive the adoption of the newly-released RapidIO Interconnect Specification.
     The new RapidIO specification addresses a critical bottleneck in
 networking equipment:  the speed at which components inside embedded systems
 communicate with each other.  It defines a switch fabric architecture for
 connecting chips and boards within a system that supports transmission rates
 hundreds of times faster than current technology.
     The RapidIO Trade Association is an industry consortium promoting the
 adoption of this new, high-performance specification.  As an open standard,
 the specification offers a practical migration path to bridge existing
 architectures and the long-term flexibility to meet changing industry needs.
     "IBM is a leader in developing and providing high-performance embedded
 semiconductor products to the networking industry," said Christine King, vice
 president, Semiconductor Products, IBM Microelectronics.  "We feel that the
 use of a standard interconnect based on the RapidIO architecture will vastly
 accelerate and improve next generation PowerPC-based systems."
     IBM joins Alcatel, Cisco Systems, EMC Corp., Ericsson, Lucent
 Technologies, Mercury Computer Systems, Motorola and Nortel Networks on the
 consortium's steering committee.  The RapidIO Trade Association is a member-
 controlled organization of over 40 companies worldwide who participate in the
 development of the interconnect specification.  The steering committee is
 responsible for overseeing the activities of the organization as a whole.
     The RapidIO architecture offers increased bandwidth, lower costs, and a
 faster time-to-market for networking, telecommunications and embedded products
 than today's computer-centric bus standards. The technology is compatible with
 the widely-used PCI bus and is software transparent, making it compatible with
 existing architectures and offering a practical migration path to next
 generation performance.  The specification is available at no cost to industry
 professionals on the organization's Web site, www.rapidio.org.
     "By participating in the RapidIO Trade Association at the highest level of
 involvement as a steering committee member, IBM is demonstrating a strong
 commitment to standards that are easily accessible to all manufacturers and
 that will continue to evolve with the market's changing needs," said Sam
 Fuller, RapidIO steering committee chair.
     "As a leading vendor of embedded processors, networking processors and
 ASICs for embedded and networking applications, IBM understands our concerns
 for the changing direction and needs of the industry.  Their membership in the
 RapidIO Trade Association validates both the technical capabilities of the
 RapidIO interconnect and our open standard process of specification
 development," he said.
 
     About IBM
     IBM Microelectronics is a key contributor to IBM's role as the world's
 premier information technology supplier. IBM Microelectronics develops,
 manufactures and markets state-of-the-art semiconductor and interconnect
 technologies, products and services.  IBM makes chips for a wide range of
 devices from the world's most powerful computers to the smallest cell phones.
 Its superior integrated solutions can be found in many of the world's best-
 known electronic brands.  More information about IBM Microelectronics can be
 found at: www.chips.ibm.com.
 
     About the RapidIO Trade Association
     The RapidIO Trade Association is a non-profit organization driving the
 adoption of an open standard, high-performance interconnect architecture.  The
 RapidIO Interconnect Specification is a packet-switched interconnect
 technology that improves reliability, bus speeds and scalability of the intra-
 system connections between chips and boards.  The association has over
 40 member companies worldwide with headquarters in San Francisco, Calif.
 Membership provides early access to the specifications, the ability to propose
 changes to RapidIO standards, and the opportunity to actively participation in
 the adoption process.  A complete list of member companies is available at the
 association's Web site, www.rapidio.org.
 
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    EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. and SAN FRANCISCO, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM
 (NYSE:   IBM) and the RapidIO Trade Association today announced that IBM has
 joined the open-standards body as a steering committee member and will help
 drive the adoption of the newly-released RapidIO Interconnect Specification.
     The new RapidIO specification addresses a critical bottleneck in
 networking equipment:  the speed at which components inside embedded systems
 communicate with each other.  It defines a switch fabric architecture for
 connecting chips and boards within a system that supports transmission rates
 hundreds of times faster than current technology.
     The RapidIO Trade Association is an industry consortium promoting the
 adoption of this new, high-performance specification.  As an open standard,
 the specification offers a practical migration path to bridge existing
 architectures and the long-term flexibility to meet changing industry needs.
     "IBM is a leader in developing and providing high-performance embedded
 semiconductor products to the networking industry," said Christine King, vice
 president, Semiconductor Products, IBM Microelectronics.  "We feel that the
 use of a standard interconnect based on the RapidIO architecture will vastly
 accelerate and improve next generation PowerPC-based systems."
     IBM joins Alcatel, Cisco Systems, EMC Corp., Ericsson, Lucent
 Technologies, Mercury Computer Systems, Motorola and Nortel Networks on the
 consortium's steering committee.  The RapidIO Trade Association is a member-
 controlled organization of over 40 companies worldwide who participate in the
 development of the interconnect specification.  The steering committee is
 responsible for overseeing the activities of the organization as a whole.
     The RapidIO architecture offers increased bandwidth, lower costs, and a
 faster time-to-market for networking, telecommunications and embedded products
 than today's computer-centric bus standards. The technology is compatible with
 the widely-used PCI bus and is software transparent, making it compatible with
 existing architectures and offering a practical migration path to next
 generation performance.  The specification is available at no cost to industry
 professionals on the organization's Web site, www.rapidio.org.
     "By participating in the RapidIO Trade Association at the highest level of
 involvement as a steering committee member, IBM is demonstrating a strong
 commitment to standards that are easily accessible to all manufacturers and
 that will continue to evolve with the market's changing needs," said Sam
 Fuller, RapidIO steering committee chair.
     "As a leading vendor of embedded processors, networking processors and
 ASICs for embedded and networking applications, IBM understands our concerns
 for the changing direction and needs of the industry.  Their membership in the
 RapidIO Trade Association validates both the technical capabilities of the
 RapidIO interconnect and our open standard process of specification
 development," he said.
 
     About IBM
     IBM Microelectronics is a key contributor to IBM's role as the world's
 premier information technology supplier. IBM Microelectronics develops,
 manufactures and markets state-of-the-art semiconductor and interconnect
 technologies, products and services.  IBM makes chips for a wide range of
 devices from the world's most powerful computers to the smallest cell phones.
 Its superior integrated solutions can be found in many of the world's best-
 known electronic brands.  More information about IBM Microelectronics can be
 found at: www.chips.ibm.com.
 
     About the RapidIO Trade Association
     The RapidIO Trade Association is a non-profit organization driving the
 adoption of an open standard, high-performance interconnect architecture.  The
 RapidIO Interconnect Specification is a packet-switched interconnect
 technology that improves reliability, bus speeds and scalability of the intra-
 system connections between chips and boards.  The association has over
 40 member companies worldwide with headquarters in San Francisco, Calif.
 Membership provides early access to the specifications, the ability to propose
 changes to RapidIO standards, and the opportunity to actively participation in
 the adoption process.  A complete list of member companies is available at the
 association's Web site, www.rapidio.org.
 
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