Pericom Semiconductor announced, in conjunction with the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG), production availability of a family of high-performance signal switch products designed to operate at the PCIe Gen2 data rate of 5 Gbps. The signal switches are intended to enable customers who are early adopters of the higher speed Gen2 PCIe technology to move forward earlier in their platform design cycles. Pericom Signal Switches operate at the Physical layer (PHY layer), and are used for I/O slot configuration in volume workstation, server, desktop video and gaming, storage, and telecom market segments. The initial products of the Gen2 PCIe signal switch family are the PI2PCIE2412 and PI2PCIE2422. The PI2PCIE2412 is a 4-differential channel (2-lane) switch providing 2:1 mux/demux operation via a single select control. The PI2PCIE2422 provides bypass capability in addition to the 2:1 mux/demux operation. The PI2PCIE2412 and PI2PCIE2422 are Pb-free and green.
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