PLX Develops I/O Interconnect Devices BasePCI Express Technology

8/20/2002 - PLX Technology announced the development of I/O interconnect devices based on PCI ExpressTM, the next-generation input/output (I/O) architecture being adopted rapidly industry-wide. PLX is currently designing bridging and switching devices featuring PCI Express' highly flexible, reliable, serial I/O architecture. The PLX® devices are being designed to deliver unprecedented performance and advanced features to a wide variety of computing and networking products, including servers, communication products, storage systems, blade servers, and other embedded products.

PLX, the industry's first I/O interconnect supplier to announce support and development effort for PCI Express, was a key developer of the PCI Express specification in 2001. The core PCI Express specification has now been made available through the PCI SIG. PLX is currently working closely with the working groups that are defining the draft Advanced Switching specification extension, which is a proposed superset of the core specification, that provides features that are essential to the storage and communications market segments.

"PLX will be providing fundamental building blocks for PCI Express, and we are confident that PCI Express will be the dominant next-generation standard I/O architecture," said Larry Chisvin, vice president of marketing at PLX. "We will continue to play a significant role in this effort as we develop our PCI Express-based products for introduction in 2003."

"Intel expects Advanced Switching to become a critical interconnect technology within communications equipment and is working with PLX and other companies to develop the Advanced Switching specification," said Tim Parker, Director of Strategic Planning and Technology Initiatives for the Intel Communications Group. "PLX, with its focus on interconnection and, in particular, on switching and bridging products, makes a valuable addition to a rapidly growing number of companies that are supporting the Advanced Switching extensions under development for the PCI Express architecture."

PCI Express Advanced I/O Architecture
PCI Express (formerly 3GIO) architecture is a highly flexible I/O architecture that uses serial, differential, low-voltage signaling to deliver the performance necessary for next generation platforms. Scaling from 2.5Gbits/sec for a single lane in each direction to a full duplex performance of 160Gbits/sec, PCI Express provides the headroom needed for a wide variety of high-performance systems. PCI Express also supports advanced features such as Quality of Service (QoS) and isochronous operation, important for servers and communications systems. The architecture is targeted at multiple market segments, such as desktop, mobile, server, communications and embedded applications, and maintains compatibility with the existing PCI programming model.

To become an early adopter of this technology, contact PLX Technology at 1.800.759.3735 or 1.408.774.9060 in the U.S. or Canada.

About PLX (
PLX Technology Inc., based in Sunnyvale, Calif., USA, is the leading supplier of high-speed silicon solutions for the networking and communications industries. The PLX solution includes industry-standard silicon, software for managing data throughout the PCI bus, rapid development tools that minimize design risk, and third-party development tool support through the PLX Partner Program. The PLX solution enables hardware designers and software developers to maximize system input/output (I/O), lower development costs, minimize system design risk and provide faster time to market. PLX PCI I/O Accelerator chips and switched-PCI devices are designed into a wide variety of embedded PCI communication systems, including switches, routers, line cards, media gateways, base stations, access multiplexors and remote access concentrators.

PLX is a trademark of PLX Technology, Inc., which may be registered in some jurisdictions.

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