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An open standard, packet-switched fabric from the RapidIO Trade Association, Austin, TX ( It is used for the switch backplane in networking, storage, military and industrial devices. Replacing proprietary interconnects, RapidIO is widely implemented in carrier infrastructure switches for 2G/3G, VoIP and video applications.

Using 8b10b encoding and 256-byte packets, RapidIO Version 1.0 provides data rates from 1 to 10 Gbps in both directions. Version 2.0 increases the rate to 40 Gbps.

Multi-Layer, Flexible and QoS
Designed with independent logical, transport and physical layers, RapidIO supports flow control, data streaming and multicast. It also supports up to 256 traffic classes, enabling identification of a wide variety of applications for fine tuning quality of service (QoS).

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