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Multi-port serial card supports new PCI Express bus standard

Posted: 30 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Perle Systems? UltraPort? multi-port serial card? UltraPort Express?

Perle Systems expanded its UltraPort family of multi-port serial cards with the release of the UltraPort Express. According to the press release, the UltraPort Express is a complete serial card line that supports the new PCI Express bus standard now being supplied by major server vendors such as IBM, Dell, HP and Sun. The new UltraPort Express series enables companies to use the latest server technology with important serial based equipment that is essential to their operation, added the company.

PCI Express, also known as PCIe, promises to provide significant performance improvements when compared to the older PCI and PCI-X technology. It is a scalable, high-speed bus that maintains backward compatibility with PCI applications and drivers. According to Joe Perle, CEO of Perle Systems, PCIe has huge advantages over the traditional PCI technology today and is now the standard bus technology in business servers.

PCI-based multi-port serial cards are being used in many servers and desktops today supporting a variety of serial devices such as receipt printers, credit card readers and bar code readers. The new UltraPort Express multi-port serial cards from Perle will enable companies to connect these critical serial devices to servers that have PCI Express card slots. "The UltraPort Express series continues Perle's tradition of providing investment protection by enabling companies to continue to support their mission critical serial devices while they migrate to this newer server technology," added Perle.

The UltraPort Express line provides full range of multi-port serial cards for PCIe-based systems. Available in 1, 2, 4 and 8 port models along with support for all major OSes, the new UltraPort Express line represents the first complete line of cards being offered for this new bus technology.

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