PLX Supports 10 PCI Devices with FastLane PCI 6156 PCI-to-PCI Bridge

3/18/2004 - PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), the leading supplier of standard I/O interconnect silicon to the communications, server, storage and embedded-control industries, moved interconnect performance to a new level with the introduction of the industry's first PCI-to-PCI bridge that supports up to 10 PCI devices. The PLX® FastLaneTM PCI 6156 -- a 32-bit, 33MHz PCI-to-PCI bridge -- enables advanced applications such as video capture and surveillance add-in cards to support bridging of up to 10 channels to a single PCI bus. Additionally, because of its single-chip structure, the FastLane PCI 6156 saves cost, reduces board space and lowers power consumption of designs using it.

"Video and other high-end board designs are marching steadily toward higher channel counts and, as such, are faced with challenge of balancing of cost with the number of channels," said Steve Moore, senior product marketing manager at PLX. "Until now, board designers had to either add chips - along with their associated costs - to support 10 channels or reduce on the number of channels the board would feature. The FastLane PCI 6156, however, eliminates that need to compromise and delivers an unprecedented bridging to up to 10 channels in a single, lower-cost chip."

The FastLane PCI 6156 bridges between the host and up to 10 video-capture controllers.

The FastLane PCI 6156 bridges between the host and up to 10 video-capture controllers. In addition to video, the FastLane PCI 6156's 10-channel design also is appropriate for a range of computer add-in card applications such as advanced graphics, as well as in networking and data communications systems. Additionally, board designs based on the FastLane PCI 6156 don't require software drivers because of the chip's full PCI compatibility.

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The FastLane PCI 6156:

The PLX FastLane PCI 6156 PCI-to-PCI bridge is available now in PQFP packages at $6 in volume quantities. For information on the FastLane PCI 6156, contact PLX Technology at 800.759.3735.

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. 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-based devices are designed into a wide variety of applications across multiple industries.

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

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