SAN JOSE, Calif. PLX Technology, Inc. announced Monday (August 10) it has shipped five million PCI Express bridge and switch chips representing 16 million PCIe ports. The chips are being used in a variety of PC servers, storage and graphics systems as well as embedded systems and communications control planes.
PLX said it has taken in more than $100 million in revenue from its PLX ExpressLane chips to date, claiming a 65 percent market share in PCIe switches. The milestone indicates PCI Express, developed by the PCI Special Interest Group, is coming into the mainstream as an interconnect option along with its predecessor PCI technology.
"Reaching the $100 million mark is significant and the 16 million ports shipped reflect the broad acceptance of PCI Express in general and of PLX's products in particular," said Jag Bolaria, a senior analyst covering interconnects at The Linley Group (Mountain View, Calif.), speaking in a prepared statement from PLX.
PLX "was first to market with several products, and now enjoys the leading market share for switching and bridging devices," Bolaria said.
The company started selling PCIe products in 2002 and now has more than 40 devices ranging from a four-lane, four-port switch for the 2.5 GHz version of PCIe to a 96-lane, 24-port switch for the 5 GHz version of the spec. The PCI SIG is working on an 8 GHz version of PCI Express it plans to release by June.