A new 380-page book and white paper are available detailing various aspects of RapidIO. Providing a detailed description of RapidIO applications in several types of systems, the book, entitled RapidIO - The Next Generation Communication Fabric for Embedded Application
, is billed as the first comprehensive reference on RapidIO interconnect technology. The book is now available through the RapidIO Trade Association's Web site and Amazon.com.
If you're not aware, the RapidIO Trade Association is the group that drives the RapidIO interconnect architecture. Detailed information on the RapidIO spec, products, design tools, member companies, and membership is available at its Web site.
If you're involved in the development of large-scale, high-performance, high-availability embedded networking, communications, and/or related equipment, this book may be just the ticket to gain understanding of the technology.
A Ready Reference
With contributions from industry leaders, it also serves as a reference for common RapidIO packet and symbol formats, register file definitions, and system software APIs (application programming interfaces). The book also describes how RapidIO compares with other interconnect technologies.
Written by one of the founders of the RapidIO Trade Association, this resource presents an introductory section detailing the history of RapidIO technology, and provides a guide for all of the RapidIO logical layer protocols, network, link, and physical layer technologies. It also discusses the usage of RapidIO in embedded systems, such as enterprise storage and wireless infrastructure systems.
RapidIO - The Next Generation Communication Fabric for Embedded Application also discusses newly defined technologies, such as the RapidFabric dataplane extensions. It also describes case studies of RapidIO technology in real system architectures, and evaluates programming models associated with RapidIO.
The treatise also reviews related mechanical standards, such as VME Switched Serial Extensions, and the PICMG's ATCA (Advanced Telecommunications Architecture) standards.
The White Paper
As for the white paper, it's entitled RapidIO Technology and PCI Express: A Comparison. This paper provides technical insight into the commercial heritage of PCI as a desktop technology, and RapidIO as a technology created for and by the embedded computing industry. Profiles of packet efficiency and transfer rates for multiple technologies are discussed. Click here to read the paper, in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.
For even more info, check out the RapidIO/PCI Express archived Webcast by clicking here.
To link directly to the Web site to purchase the reference book, click here.
Note: A 20% discount on the purchase price of the book is available by using the promotion code :DST when ordering via the Trade Association Web site link or through other channels.
About The Book
RapidIO - The Next Generation Communication Fabric for Embedded Application, by Sam Fuller, ISBN: 0-470-09291-2, January 2005, Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.