PCI-express Bus Extender Allows Swapping of PCIe Boards without System Reboots
Furaxa Inc. announced its PCIeExt16HOT “Smart” PCI-express Live-insertion bus extender board which, when installed in any PCI-express ×16 motherboard socket, facilitates fast production testing and engineering debug of PCI-express boards of all data widths (×16, ×8, ×4, ×2 and ×1). Live insertion enables boards to be rapidly removed and exchanged without the need to power down or reboot the system. Ability to selectively reduce supply voltages by 0 percent, 5 percent or 10 percent enables margin testing of boards. The board also features current sensing and reporting and over-current indication and shutdown on all supplies. The PCIeExt16HOT's XP/Vista-compatible live-insertion software allows boards to be run immediately on re-insertion. Lubricated heavy gold contacts withstand thousands of insertions, facilitating heavy production testing of PCIe boards. Labeled bus lines enable the board to be used in engineering debugging setups. Controlled-impedance on all high-speed lines allow for operation in 2.5 GB/sec lanes, and maximize likelihood of reliable operation in 5 GB/sec PCIe slots. The PCIEext16HOT PCI-e extender is $495 in single quantity, and $445.50 in quantities of 2 or more.