PLX PCI Express Will Utilize Kaparel AdvancedTCA Backplanes

4/2/2003 - PLX Technology, Inc., (NASDAQ: PLXT) a leading supplier of high-speed interconnect silicon to the server, storage, communications and industrial-control industries, and Kaparel Corporation, a leading provider of high-speed backplane products, announced a strategic alliance to demonstrate PLX® PCI ExpressTM functionality on Kaparel AdvancedTCATM (ATCA) backplanes. PLX's recently announced PCI Express I/O interconnect silicon will utilize Kaparel's backplanes both as a validation platform and a system verification tool. This methodology should not only increase silicon quality, but also prove chassis-level operation.

"This major milestone marks the first time PCI Express technology will be implemented on an ATCA chassis," said Larry Chisvin, vice president of marketing at PLX. "The alliance is yet another example of PLX's and Kaparel's long-standing dedication to provide customers with a time-to-market advantage."

"Kaparel is pleased that PLX will be using our chassis to validate their PCI Express silicon designs," said Tom Sutherland, general manager at Kaparel. "Our continued relationship is a testament of our companies' common vision to provide customers with proven system solutions for next-generation products."

This strategic alliance should ensure that PLX PCI Express silicon is compliant with the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI SIG®) specification, but also will operate in real-world form factors such as an ATCA chassis.

Combining Kaparel's system-level leadership and PLX's semiconductor expertise should help to ensure standardized, efficient system operation.

PLX and Kaparel will be committing resources jointly to this endeavor.

About PLX Technology
PLX Technology, Inc. (, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., USA, is a leading supplier of high-speed interconnect silicon to the server, storage, communications and industrial-control industries. The PLX solution provides a competitive edge to our customers through an integrated combination of high-performance silicon, hardware and software design tools, and partnerships. These innovative solutions enable our customers to develop equipment with industry-leading performance, scalability and reliability. Furthermore, the combination of PLX product features and supporting infrastructure allow customers to bring their designs to market faster. PLX PCI-based devices are designed into a wide variety of server, storage, industrial control, and communication applications.

About Kaparel
Kaparel is an ISO 9001:2000 registered company that develops, manufactures, and globally markets high-speed backplane solutions to the converging communications market. From its pioneering work in CompactPCITM bridge designs, Kaparel has quickly become a leader in many aspects of high-speed backplane architecture technology ( Specializing in high slot count, hot swap and high availability systems, Kaparel has custom designed over 500 high-speed backplanes for embedded computer manufacturers. Founded in 1996 (as the cPCI division of PixStream Incorporated), Kaparel is based in Canada's Technology Triangle in Waterloo, Ontario and is a part of Rittal International (, the world's largest electronic enclosure manufacturer with offices in over 55 countries.

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