By Tom Cox, RapidIO Trade AssociationJul 15 2007 (16:46 PM), Embedded.com
The requirements of applications for which embedded systems are being designed vary in complexity, cost and performance widely. Presenting extreme challenges for designers of systems that must support not only a wide range of applications, but a continuously changing set of performance requirements.
Whether it's ever increasing bandwidth needs or changing communications standards, protocol based interconnects and switch fabrics offer unique benefits to addressing these issues.
CompactPCI has a rich history in embedded design; a logical step to extending its capabilities is adding a switch fabric architecture to your current product line.
Using the same interconnect across your entire design can leverage your knowledge of the protocol and its interfaces. In fact there are numerous benefits to choosing a single system-wide interconnect included: controlling development costs, design simplification, quick debug and system verification.
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