Optimized Top-of-Rack Switches Deliver Scalable Bandwidth--From 750 Gbps to 4.8 Tbps—for  5G, C-RAN, Mobile Edge and High-Performance Computing, Analytics and Financial Trading 

March 9, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 9, 2016— Integrated Device Technology, Inc.® (IDT®) (NASDAQ:IDTI)  today announced it teamed with Prodrive Technologies to develop a new portfolio of RapidIO-enabled switch appliances, delivering the ultra-low latency, high bandwidth and energy efficiency needed for the development of a variety of wireless and data center applications. Featuring 100ns switch latency, the appliances are ideal for designs in 5G, C-RAN, mobile edge computing, high-performance computing, data analytics and financial trading.

The new products are the result of work the two companies have conducted under the charter of the Open Compute Project (OPC) HPC group, which IDT co-chairs. The switch appliances leverage IDT's RapidIO technology, used in virtually every 4G LTE phone call and download made today.

RapidIO switches are used to connect computing components in complex processing-intensive systems, including SoCs, DSPs, FPGAs, GPUs and custom ASICs. IDT has shipped more than 110 million ports of its 10-20 Gbps RapidIO switches for use in production networks. In addition to using the second-generation switches, the new appliance portfolio will deploy IDT’s recently announced RXS family of RapidIO switches, which enable ports running at up to 50 Gbps with less than 1.2 W per port and 100ns latency.

"The single millisecond round trip latency requirements of 5G infrastructure will place considerable demands on all computing elements in the network, and these new RapidIO-based switching appliances deliver a leading combination of latency and energy efficiency,” said Sailesh Chittipeddi, IDT’s CTO and vice president of global operations. “This collaboration with Prodrive Technologies helps meet the needs of 5G edge computing and C-RAN in the telecommunications arena, as well as high-performance computing and data center analytics.”

Initial systems leveraging switch appliances with 38 ports operating at 20 Gbps have been deployed in wireless C-RAN and data analytics systems. Additional products, expected in the latter half of 2016, leverage IDT’s 50 Gbps-per-port RXS switch silicon portfolio with 19 inch rack-mountable systems.

“The collaboration with IDT has been instrumental in winning computing and telco customers using our RapidIO- based servers and switch appliances,”  said Pieter Janssen, CEO of Prodrive Technologies. “By combining IDT’s interconnect and market channels with the Prodrive team’s world-leading design and manufacturing done in the EU, we have already deployed 10-20 Gbps versions of the switch portfolio in tier 1 telco C-RAN programs as well as top-tier European HPC-oriented data centers. The switch appliances, complete with Prodrive’s RapidIO-connected FPGA/Power/x86/ARM servers, are also attractive for financial trading applications.”

The switch appliances feature scalable modularity with 32 to 96 ports supporting clustering at rack or multi-rack scale for target applications supporting heterogeneous processing with CPUs and accelerators. Multiple switch appliances can be connected in a leaf and spine network leveraging the RapidIO protocol to connect up to 64K processing nodes in a single network. Individual ports can be configured to run at a variety of speeds, including 1, 2.5, 5, 10, 20, 40 and 50 Gbps, and thus tuned to optimize overall system power consumption, depending on application workload.

"Taking an open and collaborative approach to developing solutions for Open Compute and OpenPOWER is accelerating and strengthening the development efforts of our broader open community," said Calista Redmond, president of the OpenPOWER Foundation. "IDT is at the forefront as OpenPOWER grows capabilities into edge computing across system and switch resources."

The RapidIO Switch appliance portfolio, along with RapidIO servers with Power architecture and FPGAs, will be shown at the OpenPOWER booth at the OCP Summit March 9 and 10 in San Jose. IDT will present its RapidIO-based computing solutions in both the HPC and Telco tracks at the OCP Summit on March 10.

The switch appliance products are available directly from Prodrive Technologies: http://prodrive-technologies.com/rapidio-gen2-38-ports-top-rack-switch-box/.  The 20 Gbps-per-port versions are available now.  Lead customers can contact Prodrive for customized 50 Gbps-per-port solutions featuring IDT’s RXS RapidIO switches.

About IDT

Integrated Device Technology, Inc. develops system-level solutions that optimize its customers' applications. IDT's market-leading products in timing, wireless power transfer, serial switching and interfaces are among the company's broad array of complete mixed-signal solutions for the communications, computing, consumer, automotive and industrial segments. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., IDT has design, manufacturing, sales facilities and distribution partners throughout the world. IDT stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Stock Market® under the symbol "IDTI." Additional information about IDT is accessible at www.IDT.com. Follow IDT on FacebookLinkedInTwitterYouTube and Google+.


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