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PCIe packet switches enable low-cost solutions

Posted: 16 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PCIe packet switch? SOHO? video surveillance?

Pericom Semiconductor Corp. announced the industry's first PCIe packet switch product family designed for power, size and value-sensitive applications, such as volume motherboard, wireless access points, docking stations, SOHO printers, DTV, video surveillance, graphics and mobile applications. Pericom displayed these new devices at the PCI Special Interest Group (SIG) Developer's Conference in California.

"The market SAM for volume platforms across the computing, consumer and networking market segments number in the hundreds of millions and are growing," said Jag Bolaria, senior analyst, the Linley Group. "Most of these platforms already contain a PCIe system interconnect. The demand for increased features and functionality will drive the need for PCIe switches and bridges and Pericom is well-positioned to serve this new requirement with its small form factor, low-power PCIe products," he said.

The SlimLine product family offers two PCIe packet switches and one PCIe-to-PCI bridge. Engineered with PowerSave, the latest in green power-saving technology from Pericom, the design saves up to 30 percent of power in normal-operating mode by allowing selectable power operation states. The proliferation of mobile platforms places greater demands on power and size; as form factors shrink, so does battery space and capability.

PowerSave combines with low-cost, space-effective low-profile quad flat packaging to deliver to markets and applications where space, power and cost previously posed significant barriers for conventional PCIe products.

"We can offer increased advantages to our customers by using Pericom's SlimLine product family," said Wu Ling Chu, president, Tungson Ages Technologies Ltd, a provider of video surveillance products. "These unique products enable us to compete even more effectively and implement designs that give us a distinct market advantage," he added.

"Our SlimLine family has gained excellent traction in our targeted market segments, with numerous early adopter customers recognizing the advantages of this industry-first product family," said Bill Weir, senior marketing director for Connect Products, Pericom. "Our beta testing cycle includes Tier 1 customer volume platforms, all three products are fully PCI-SIG certified and compliant, and we are excited to soon move into the production ramp phase," he added.

SlimLine features and benefits:

  • 4-port, 4-lane Packet Switch (PI7CX9X20404SL)
  • 3-port, 3-lane Packet Switch (PI7C9X20303SL)
  • Fully reversible PCIe to PCI bridge (PI7C9X111SL)

    Packaged in LQFP technology, they are specifically designed for low-power consumption, optimized PCB layout with low-BOM cost, and fully meet the requirements of the latest PCI-SIG PCIe 1.1 and PCI 1.2 specifications.

    Unique SlimLine features:

  • PowerSave power reduction technology (customer programmable on packet switches)
  • Programmable PCIe port drive current and de-emphasis
  • RoHS compliant 14mm x 14mm 128-pin LQFP package
  • Customer programmable EEPROM port for ultimate flexibility
  • Isochronous data support mode
  • Fully reversible with 4 PCI bus masters and GPIO support (bridge)
  • Fully nonblocking cut through and store-and-forward modes (packet switch)
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