PLX Introduces Industry's Broadest Set of PCI-to-PCI Bridges

6/17/2003 - PLX Technology (NASDAQ: PLXT), the leading supplier of standard I/O interconnect silicon to the communications, server, storage and embedded-control industries, announced its new lineup of PCI-based solutions. The new product line offers the industry's broadest set of PCI-to-PCI bridges, which allow more devices to be attached to the widely-used PCI bus, offer the ability to provide intelligent adapters on a PCI bus and allow PCI buses of different speeds to be part of the same subsystem.

The PLX® PCI and PCI-X family of interconnect devices now features its two newest members: the PCI 6520 and PCI 6540, PCI-X to PCI-X bridging devices that offer system designers features and performance not possible until now. These new devices, the first members of the innovative PLX PCI 6000-series of PCI-to-PCI bridging products, provide designers with support for the entire range of current PCI bus widths and speeds, including 32-bit, 33MHz; 64-bit, 66MHz; and the latest 64-bit, 133MHz PCI-X variety of the standard.

"The new PLX PCI-to-PCI bridging product line is distinguished by featuring the lowest power, highest performance and smallest footprints of any devices of their kind," said Larry Chisvin, vice president of marketing at PLX. "The products include features such as the ability to clock the PCI bus segments asynchronously to one another and to operate the parts in either transparent or non-transparent mode. This is crucial when the same module is designed to be used as a host or a peripheral in a system."

The PCI 6520 (transparent) and PCI 6540 (dual mode, transparent or non-transparent) are asynchronous, 64-bit, 133MHz PCI-X-to-PCI-X bridging devices. Each was designed to provide differentiated system level benefits for designers needing to migrate their platform to the PCI-X standard. Like all PLX interconnect chips, the PCI 6520 and PCI 6540 are supported by PLX's comprehensive reference design tools and the industry-recognized PLX support infrastructure.

The 6500 series of PCI-X bridging devices offer tangible advantages that the competition cannot provide. They offer a smaller footprint and lower power than competing devices, and are the only PCI-X-to-PCI-X bridging chips that provide a wide a range of advanced features such as:

The broad 6000-series product line is currently in production. The new 6500-series of PCI-X devices have already been sampled to a wide variety of PLX customers, and will be in production in Q3 of this year. The products are priced at under $30 in high volume.

About PLX Technology
PLX Technology, Inc. (, 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 applications across multiple industries.

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

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