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PCIe switches fit for power, size-sensitive apps

Posted: 10 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PCIe packet switch? Pericom GreenPacket? PI7C9X20404GP? PI7C9X20505GP? PI7C9X20508GP?

Pericom Semiconductor Corp. added to its device offering a PCIe packet switch product family, the GreenPacket products, designed for power-, size- and value-sensitive applications, including volume motherboard/workstation, docking stations, networking control planes, video, as well as graphics, embedded and mobile apps.

"Pericom is matching key PCIe market segment needs with new product offerings," said Jag Bolaria, senior analyst at the Linley Group. "The GreenPacket family of switch products enable OEMs to cost effectively upgrade existing motherboard and related platforms as well as accelerate new PCIe-based I/O designs."

"Pericom is pleased to add three new advanced performance GreenPacket switches to our variety of PCIe products," said Bill Weir, Pericom's senior marketing director of Connect Products. "We are actively engaged with volume market segment customers who recognize that the size, power and cost benefits of this product family allow them to fully leverage CPU chipset I/O expansion in new platform designs."

The GreenPacket packet switch family consists of three different port and lane-count configurations: a four-port/four-lane (PI7C9X20404GP), a five-port/five-lane (PI7C9X20505GP) and a five-port/eight-lane (PI7C9X20508GP). The product family is specifically designed for low power consumption and small package size and optimized PCB layout. The parts fully meet the requirements of the latest PCI-SIG PCIe 1.1 and PCI 1.2 specifications. Unique features include special low-power and power-down modes, RoHS compliant packages and small footprint. PI7C9X20404GP is the industry's smallest packet switch at 12-by-12mm.

The PI7C9X20505GP and PI7C9X20508GP samples and customer evaluation platforms are available now, with production ramp up starting this month. PI7C9X20404GP is also available now for customer sampling, with production in June. Availability is subject to revision.

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