In a recently released for-sale report, the consulting firm Metz International predicts that RapidIO---as a high performance embedded interconnect architecture---will lead the emerging bus architecture "wars" through the end of the decade.
The value of RapidIO ports shipped is expected to total more than $400 million in 2007, versus an estimated $200 million for the competitive Advanced Switching interconnect architecture.
Off To An Early start
"RapidIO is clearly out of the starting gate early, with software, silicon, test, and RapidIO-based computers on the market already," says report author Ernie Bergstrom of Crystal Cube Consulting, who co-authored the report with John G. Metz of Metz International.
"Our analysis indicates RapidIO will be the embedded market leader in terms of ports shipped between now and 2007," adds Bergstrom. "The RapidIO Trade Association's recent decision to add data plane extensions clearly demonstrates its intentions to keep RapidIO at the leading edge of communications and other embedded applications."
The RapidIO Trade Association was formed in June 2000 to drive the adoption of open-standard, high-performance interconnect architectures needed for high-performance networking, communications, and embedded systems.
With more than 50 members worldwide, this non-profit organization is headquartered in Austin, Texas. Membership provides early access to the specifications, the ability to propose changes to the RapidIO standards, and the opportunity to actively participate in the adoption process.
A list of member companies, as well as education and design tools, are available at the Association's Web site. The RapidIO interconnect architecture open standards can also be downloaded.
Also available at the Web site 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.
The report, entitled "Bus Wars Episode II: Clash of the Titans," is available for purchase at the Metz International Web site.