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IDT announces 'cost-effective' PCI Express solutions

Posted: 03 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:integrated device technology? idt? precise? pci express? bridging?

Integrated Device Technology Inc. (IDT) introduced its PRECISE family of PCI Express solutions, consisting of four bridging and switching products. Targeted at high-performance server and storage applications, this new family is touted to be the first to provide cost-effective PCI Express I/O expansion and bridging solutions.

"Alternative PCI Express bridging and switching devices have taken the form of general-purpose devicesthey provide a host of features to service a myriad of applications, most of which are not necessary in today's high-performance computing and storage applications," shared Mario Montana, director of marketing for the company's serial-switching division. "The result is an over-architected, expensive device."

The initial family of PRECISE PCI Express solutions includes four devices, which are all backwards compatible to PCI-X standards. Included in the new offering are two 3-port PCI Express switches, including 12-lane and 24-lane devices, as well as a PCI Express to PCI-X 2.0 mode 1 bridge and a PCI Express to PCI-X 2.0 mode 2 bridge. The PCI- Express switches provide I/O expansion to augment "north bridge" devices with additional high-performance I/O connectivity.

According to the press release, the four new devices bridge high-performance PCI Express ports to legacy peripherals, enabling designers to maintain CPU performance while leveraging existing and commoditized peripherals with legacy interfaces. This process is commonly referred to as "forward bridging," explained IDT. The devices also aid in the task of "reverse bridging," acting as an interface between legacy north bridge ports, typically in the form of PCI-X, to newer PCI Express-based peripherals.

IDT disclosed that they will also offer a hardware/software development kit that includes evaluation boards, software drivers and a graphical user interface (GUI) that enables complete system configuration and optimization.

In 10,000-piece orders, the PES24N3, PES12N3, PEB20N2 and PEB20N1 will be priced at $38, $26, $45 and $22, respectively.

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