SAN FRANCISCO—Chip makers PLX Technology Inc. and Avago Technologies Ltd. Tuesday (June 21) announced a collaboration using optics to demonstrate PCI Express (PCIe) extending beyond its dominant role within the box to a cabled box-to-box solution.
According to PLX, a supplier of high-speed I/O connectivity solutions, and Avago, a supplier of analog interface components, this higher-performance alternative paves the road for next-generation data center applications where lower latency, lower cost, extended cabling distances, and I/O conversion minimization create simpler architectures for cleaner PCIe end-to-end environments.
The demonstration from the collaboration features PLX PEX8748 PCIe Gen3 (8Gbps per lane) switches, along with Avago high-density MiniPOD parallel fiber optic modules, both of which are setup in a x8 configuration, showcasing external box-to-box high-performance connectivity at 64Gbps, the companies said.
The companies said through a statement PCI Express as an interconnect for data centers using parallel optics will enable a wide variety of applications including storage, servers and GPU clustering.
“With PCI Express now native virtually everywhere, including Intel platforms and SSD storage modules, the market is hungry for reliable and harmonious solutions,” said Reggie Conley, senior director of hardware applications at PLX. “As the market drives down the cost of optical solutions, today’s cumbersome and costly conversion of PCI Express to Ethernet or InfiniBand will be replaced by clean system architectures enjoying the fruits of PCIe and optical connectivity’s premium performance.”
The companies said they would demonstrate this solution at the PCI-SIG Developers Conference, June 22-23, and at Avago’s Fiber Optic Solutions Product Seminar, June 23. Both events will be held in Santa Clara, Calif.
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