The RapidIO Trade Association has announced plans to expand its focus to include data plane applications for telecommunications networks. The extensions are expected to enable lower-cost standards-based products such as multiprotocol switches, 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches, edge routers, SAN switches, DSLAMs and IP service switches. The extensions, expected to be finalized early next year, will retain compatibility with existing RapidIO switch and endpoint products based on the layered RapidIO architecture.
"This extension benefits current as well as future RapidIO users as it will impact all future data plane applications," says Sam Fuller, president of the RapidIO Trade Association.
RapidIO interconnect architectures are open standards available for downloading from the RapidIO Trade Association. Also available at the website is information on system-enablement tools including RapidIO vendor product lists, synthesizable Verilog cores, analog physical layer cores, logic and protocol analyzers, operating system support, bus functional models, and hardware interoperability platforms.
In a separate effort, the PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) 3.5 subcommittee is being re-organized to map the full range of RapidIO protocols onto the AdvancedTCA platform architecture, rather than limiting its attention to data plane oriented protocols alone. A PICMG 2.18 subcommittee, tasked with mapping RapidIO onto the CompactPCI platform, was also recently approved.