PLX Joins Advanced Switching Interconnect for Communications Panel

10/11/2004 - PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), the leading supplier of standard I/O interconnect silicon to the communications, server, storage, embedded-control, and consumer industries, announced that Larry Chisvin, PLX® Chief Operating Officer, will address what are expected to be two of the fastest-growing I/O interconnect standards for next-generation system designs, at the 2004 Network Systems Design Conference later this month. Chisvin will be a panelist on the “Advanced Switching Interconnect (ASI) for Communications” session, during which he’ll discuss the migration path from PCI ExpressTM (PCIe) to ASI, held Oct. 21 11:00 a.m., in Parkside Hall, San Jose, Calif.

“The topic of long-term coexistence of PCIe and ASI could be seen as somewhat controversial, as the two technologies are on different development schedules, deliver distinct feature sets and use different software,” said Chisvin. “By participating on this panel, I hope to challenge the audience about their views on the prospects for these rapidly emerging interconnects, and to arm them with useful information to help them determine their strategy in next-generation system designs.”

"Larry brings to this panel PLX’s wealth of I/O interconnect experience, and draw on the company’s years of product development, as well as its active role in standards-setting bodies for technologies such as PCIe and ASI," said Dr. Lance Leventhal, open sessions chairperson for 2004 Network Systems Design Conference. “By tackling a topic such as PCIe and ASI coexisting, Larry’s going to ask the audience to shift its context and hopefully open up a better understanding of where I/O interconnect technology in networking systems is heading."

PCIe Now Penetrating Markets; ASI Due in 2005
PCIe already has arrived – PCIe-based motherboards and add-in cards are presently on the market -- and its broad architectural and software compatibility with the existing PCI infrastructure has allowed it to penetrate key markets already.

The ASI specification was approved late 2003, and silicon supporting it is expected to sample in 2005. ASI is compatible with PCIe in several ways, but unique in others. Because of the timeframe difference, hybrid systems that combine both PCIe and ASI will be the first platforms built with the new ASI standard when silicon is delivered next year. In this way, ASI is dependent on a wide variety of PCIe silicon being available for its own success. History shows that once these systems have been successfully deployed, they will continue to be the shipped and modified without fundamental modification for many generations, to the extent that pure-ASI systems will not appear for some time, if at all.

These distinctions between PCIe and ASI will be explored and defended on the panel.

PLX has been developing and marketing interconnect technology and products since 1986. The company is an active member of the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG®); the Advanced Switching Special Interest Group (ASI SIG), the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMGÒ), and the Blade Systems Alliance Group.

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, embedded-control, and consumer industries. PLX has been developing I/O interconnect solutions since 1986. 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- and USB-based devices are designed into a wide variety of applications across multiple industries.

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

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