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Praesum Communications Introduces RapidIO® Endpoint Intellectual Property for LatticeECP2M FPGAs


Solution Enables Low Cost RapidIO Connectivity for Wireless Infrastructure and Other Markets

Petaluma, CA, January 28, 2008, Praesum Communications continues to expand its portfolio of Serial RapidIO Endpoint solutions with support for the LatticeECP2M™ family of low-cost FPGAs. In addition, Praesum has joined Lattice's ispLeverCORE™ Connections IP partner program.

The first offering is a 1x LP-Serial Physical Layer Core which supports RapidIO connectivity at data rates up to 3.125 Gbps. Depending on the chosen feature set, the RapidIO 1.3 compliant core consumes between 50 and 70% of an LFE2M20, the smallest member of the LatticeECP2M family. This leaves a significant amount of additional device resources for implementing customer applications, such as bridging to data plane interfaces such as CPRI or control interfaces such as PCI Express.

"Praesum sees significant opportunity for its LatticeECP2M-based Serial RapidIO solutions in the wireless systems infrastructure market. The unique combination of high-speed SerDes for multiple protocols, miserly power consumption, small scale packaging and outstanding value lend itself well to current Serial RapidIO design trends, especially where multiple protocols are involved." says Kent Dahlgren, president of Praesum Communications. "When combined with our RapidIO End Point IP, LatticeECP2M significantly reduces the cost to connect application specific functions to a RapidIO fabric."

The RapidIO 1x LP-Serial End-Point Core is currently available from Praesum Communications. A project license for the core is priced at $20,000 USD. A fully functional evaluation version of the core is available for the LatticeECP2M PCI Express x4 Evaluation Board.

About Praesum Communications

Praesum Communications is the RapidIO solutions leader. Our Serial RapidIO Endpoint and Switching IP enable next generation systems. Founded in January 2000, Praesum has its headquarters in Petaluma, CA. For more information, visit the Praesum web site at

About the RapidIO Trade Association

The RapidIO Trade Association is a non-profit organization, with headquarters in Austin, Texas, which was formed to drive the adoption of an open standard, high-performance interconnect architecture. Since incorporating in June 2000, the association has continued to serve its worldwide members. Membership provides early access to specifications, the ability to propose changes to RapidIO standards, and the opportunity to actively participate in the adoption process. A complete list of member companies, RapidIO specifications and technical information are available at the association¹s web site, .


Product Marketing Contact:
Kent Dahlgren
Praesum Communications, Inc.
(707) 338-0946


RapidIO is a registered trademark of the RapidIO Trade Association. Product and company names mentioned may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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