Santa Clara, Calif.NEC Electronics America Inc. is sampling a single-port PCI Express (PCIe) bridge application-specific standard product (ASSP) that it is housing in a more compact 21-mm x 21-mm BGA package for low-profile PCI cards, as well as server, workstation, graphics equipment and other storage- and network-related applications.
The uPD720404 ASSP serves as a bridge to any native PCI/PCI-X device, thereby enabling compatibility among previous generations of PCI standards and the emerging PCIe standard.
"Bandwidth consumption in the networking and enterprise markets is on the rise, and designers working with these types of applications are turning to high-performance serial interface technologies such as PCIe to accommodate the demand efficiently and cost-effectively," said Kugao Ouchi, general manager, digital consumer and connectivity strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America, in a statement. "We are pleased to announce this new low-power, small-package ASSP that will help designers achieve seamless transitions to high-performance PCIe technology in new and existing designs for their enterprise, storage and networking applications."
The uPD720404 ASSP supports x4 PCIe lanes in a single PCI/PCI-X domain, and operates at 133-MHz in single data rate PCI-X mode and 66 MHz in 64-bit PCI mode.
The PD720404 requires 3.3- and 1.5-V power supplies. In addition to a low power consumption level that eliminates the need for heat sinks, the bridge ASSP has a dual power supply and requires no special power-up sequencing. The bridge ASSP also supports advanced error reporting and advanced system power management.
The uPD720404 ASSP's small package allows designers to fit it into low profile cards (LPCs) that have a height of 64.41 millimeters (mm). The standard PCI form factor has a height of 106.88 mm.
For a product brief, click here: www.necel.com/pci_express/en/pdf/uPD720404.pdf
Samples of NEC Electronics' uPD720404 bridge ASSP are available now, with sample pricing starting at $28.50. Mass production is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2006.
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