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PLX extends ExpressLane PCIe Gen3 line

26 Jul 2012

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PLX Technology Inc. has expanded its PCI Express (PCIe) Gen3 portfolio geared for cutting-edge markets such as storage systems, high-end graphics and communications platforms. The ExpressLane PCIe Gen3 switches now include the PEX8796 (96 lanes, 24 ports), PEX8780 (80 lanes, 20 ports) and PEX8764 (64 lanes, 16 ports).

Designers choosing the PEX8796 switch—touting bandwidth of 8 Gigatransfers per second per lane in full duplex mode—can expect throughput of 1,536Gb/s (192GB/s).

"PCIe 3.0 adoption is proliferating, with workstation and desktop computing motherboards shipping since late 2011, followed by support from major server vendors and the emergence of PCIe 3.0-capable networking and storage I/O adapters this year," stated Abhi Dugar, research manager, wired communications semiconductor research at IDC. "With its broad portfolio of PCI Express-compliant switches, PLX is well positioned to take advantage of this transition to the next generation of interconnect technology."

PEX8796, PEX8780 and PEX8764 samples are expected in 4Q12 with full production planned for 1Q13. Volume pricing ranges from $150 to $250. All other PLX Gen3 switches are already sampling or in full production today.

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