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DisplayPort, PCIe switches draw 'ultralow' power

Posted: 20 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DisplayPort switch? PCIe packet switch? low power?

Designed for power, size and value-sensitive applications, such as volume notebooks and PC, as well as DTV applications, Pericom Semiconductor Corp. is offering a pair of the industry's lowest power, smallest package PCIe packet and DisplayPort switches.

The PI7C9X20303UL UltraLo is a 3-port, 3-lane PCIe packet switch with typical power consumption of under 250mW in active mode (standby power well under 200mA). Similar to Pericom's SlimLine PCIe product family, the 303UL's tiny 10mm x 10mm QFN package is engineered with PowerSave, Pericom's green technology designed to reduce power consumption up to 30 percent (normal operation mode). The UltraLo packet switch addresses market applications such as volume PC, notebook, wireless access points, SOHO printers, and video surveillance where space, power and cost pose significant barriers for other conventional PCIe switch products.

The PI3VDP612 is a 3-port DisplayPort switch in a very small package (11mm x 5mm TQFN) with ultralow power consumption at full operation of under 200?W. According to Pericom, similar DisplayPort switch products from other vendors can consume up to ?1W. Low power consumption makes it optimal for battery-powered notebook applications, but also enables DisplayPort routing in PC, DTV and video display design.

The PI7C9X20303UL costs $3.95 in volume quantities; PI3VDP612 is $1.50 in 100K quantities.

Samples, evaluation boards and development kits are available now with production quantities available in Q4 08 for the DP612, and September for the 303UL.

- Ismini Scouras
eeProductCenter





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