Elma, PLX Develop PCI Express Solutions for Telecom Systems

4/8/2003 - Elma Electronic Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic packaging products, and PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), the leading supplier of standard I/O interconnect silicon to the communications, server, storage and embedded-control industries, announced an alliance to develop and validate PCI Express-based AdvancedTCATM (ATCA) solutions for next-generation telecom systems.

The recently announced PLX® PCI ExpressTM I/O interconnect silicon will use AdvancedTCA backplanes from Bustronic, Elma's backplane division in the Americas, as both a validation platform and a system verification tool. This partnership was created to ensure silicon quality, as well as prove chassis-level operation of PCI Express. PLX and Elma each will be committing engineering and marketing resources to support this effort.

"This exciting partnership enables us to provide system designers and manufacturers with an optimal, low-risk, cost-effective solution, " said Larry Chisvin, vice president of marketing at PLX Technology. "This alliance, coupled with the technical expertise of both parties, helps assure rapid development of products using our combined solution."

In order to assure silicon success, today's engineers need a stable platform to validate their silicon designs. ATCA is a natural choice because it provides ample real estate and exceptional power and cooling characteristics. Furthermore, ATCA will be the preferred platform that many end users will utilize to implement their communications solutions. PLX is partnering with Elma and will be conducting silicon evaluation of its PCI Express switch and bridge designs using the Elma chassis.

"Elma is excited to continue working with PLX on new solutions like PCI Express," commented Shan Morgan, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Elma. "Our expertise in high-performance backplane and chassis design is a strong fit with PLX's expertise in high-speed interconnects."

Elma Electronic has developed a PICMG® 3.4-compliant, 14-slot Dual Star ATCA chassis, designed to run PCI Express protocol. The ATCA platform is a 19-inch rackmount shelf that is 12U high x 400mm deep. Designed to hold fourteen 8U x 280mm blades on 1.2-inch spacing, it also has rear I/O options for 8U x 70mm cards. Three plug-in fan trays, each with dual 180CFM high-performance fans, provides front to rear cooling for the chassis. Designed for redundant operation, the fan trays are located below the cards and provide alarm output for shelf management.

PLX's PCI Express interconnect design in Elma's ATCA unit will demonstrate multi-gigabit performance in a single chassis, showing how the silicon will operate in real-world applications. Additionally, the partnership will demonstrate PLX PCI Express silicon's full compliance with the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI SIG® specification. The combination of Elma's system-level leadership and PLX's semiconductor expertise will help to ensure standardized, efficient system operation, resulting in reduced time to market for system designers and manufacturers.

The Elma and PLX alliance is a major milestone towards PLX's PCI Express silicon strategy (see announcement) and is significant evidence of the growing PCI Express ecosystem.

For more information on PCI Express technology and AdvancedTCA solutions, visit www.plxtech.com, www.elma.com or www.bustronic.com.

About Elma Electronic
Elma Electronic Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of enclosures, backplanes, cabinets, cases, and "ready-to-run" packaging for CPCI, Rugged COTS, VME/64x, VXI, PC and custom bus structures. Elma's component product line offers a wide selection of top quality switches, knobs and LED arrays. The company has been a worldwide supplier of dependable, high performance products for over 40 years. Elma operates three facilities in the continental United States plus has locations in Switzerland, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Israel.

Elma Electronic Inc. is located at 44350 Grimmer Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538 USA. Telephone (510) 656-3400 - Fax (510) 656-3783. www.elma.com

About PLX Technology
PLX Technology, Inc. (www.plxtech.com), based in Sunnyvale, Calif., USA, is the leading supplier of standard I/O interconnect silicon to the communications, server, storage and embedded-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 communication, server, storage and embedded-control, applications.

PLX and the PLX logo are trademarks of PLX Technology, Inc., which may be registered in some jurisdictions.

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