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PCI Express Gen3 Switches Include Native x2 Port Interfaces

Tue, 08/02/2011 - 8:15am
PCIe gen3 switchesPLX Technology, Inc. announced two new PCI Express 3.0 (PCIe Gen3) switches for emerging applications, including solid-state disks (SSDs), high-end workstations and enthusiast gamer desktop computers. The PLX ExpressLane PEX8713 (12 lanes, 10 ports) and PEX8717 (16 lanes, 10 ports) PCIe Gen3 switches are capable of moving 8 Gbps of data per lane, in both directions (Tx/Rx), enabling designers using their unique x2 native architecture to optimize connectivity with bandwidth-intensive endpoints such as Thunderbolt, SAS/SATA and USB 3.0. The introduction of a native PCIe x2 interface allows for optimal - or matching- bandwidth needed for new SATA, USB and SSD endpoints. ExpressLane PCIe Gen3 switches enable designers to configure each port of the switch independent of the other ports for PCIe Gen1, Gen2 or Gen3 speeds, thus allowing forward and backward compatibility by mixing and matching the performance of sub-systems in a larger system. Designing with PCIe Gen3 switches today in mixed (Gen1, Gen2 and Gen3) systems allows designers to future-proof their designs for full Gen3 enablement when migrating to next-generation end-points.

PLX Technology, Inc.

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