September 09, 2013
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 9 -- PLX Technology, Inc., the global leader in PCI Express (PCIe) silicon and software connectivity solutions enabling emerging data center architectures, today announced it will showcase at this week's Intel Developer Forum (IDF) the company's first live demonstration of PCIe as a standalone box-to-box fabric interconnect in a data center-ready rack enclosure cabinet. The demonstration -- in booth 632 -- highlights how the universal PCIe standard used in PLX ExpressFabric technology is earning industry interest as a complementary fabric to Ethernet within the rack.
PLX developed the PCIe-based top-of-rack (ToR) switch box to demonstrate rack-level consolidation and convergence into a single interconnect technology. PCIe is well-established as a standard that is already native on nearly all mainstream data center appliances. Enabled by PLX PCIe Gen3 switch devices, ExpressFabric eliminates a large number of expensive "bridging" devices (e.g., adapter cards) that translate PCIe to InfiniBand, Ethernet or Fibre Channel. This subsequently provides a high-performance, low-latency solution, while offering significantly lower cost and power, with a reduced bill of materials.
The IDF demonstration highlights clustering and I/O sharing via an industry-leading PLX-designed ToR switch box connecting seamlessly via PCIe to multiple 1U servers, all housed in a standard data center rack enclosure. The rack is then connected to the cloud through Ethernet (representing the rack-to-rack connection). This true-to-life example in a real-time environment represents how ExpressFabric is targeting small- to medium-sized data center clusters.
"PLX is working with a number of global market leaders who will service the enterprise data center as well as the public cloud with ExpressFabric-enabled technology," said David Raun, President and CEO, PLX. "These companies are our early adopters and we expect other market leaders will follow as we release more PCI Express silicon and continue to refine the technology."
PLX is the worldwide market leader with over 70 percent market share in PCIe switch products, offering 18 ExpressLane PCIe Gen3 switches in production or sampling. The company has many more Gen3 switches in development to enable ExpressFabric, storage and other key data center applications, and in parallel is planning for PCIe Gen4 products.
IDF is held Tuesday, September 10, through Thursday, September 12, in San Francisco at the Moscone West Convention Center. Registration and detailed agenda can be found at http://www.intel.com/idf/.
PLX Technology, Inc., based in Sunnyvale, Calif., USA, is the industry-leading global provider of semiconductor-based PCI Express connectivity solutions primarily targeting enterprise data center markets. The company develops innovative software-enriched silicon that enables product differentiation, reliable interoperability and superior performance. Visit PLX onplxtech.com, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Source: PLX Technology
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