PLX Unveils ExpressFabric at SC12 Supercomputing Event

PLX Unveils ExpressFabric at SC12 Supercomputing Event 
Demonstration, Presentation Showcase PCIe as a Powerful Fabric 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/12/12 --  PLX Technology, Inc.
(NASDAQ: PLXT), a leading global supplier of high-speed connectivity
solutions enabling emerging data center architectures, today
announced a live demonstration of its ExpressFabric(R) technology at
the SC12 supercomputing conference this week in Salt Lake City, UT.
ExpressFabric is a PLX(R)-initiated approach to extending the PCI
Express(R) (PCIe(R)) standard from its current dominant presence
inside servers, switches and storage appliances, to a central
position as a fabric, uniting all hardware within the racks of data
"Small to medium sized clusters -- for example, those with 20 to
1,000 CPU nodes, on one to eight racks -- are best suited for
ExpressFabric technology," said Vijay Meduri, PLX vice president of
engineering. "For applications that use clusters of that size, or are
capable of using disaggregated clusters, ExpressFabric technology
allows for complete elimination of bridges and other protocol fabrics
to create the mini-clusters. The PCIe convergence model and ongoing
software development that is being implemented is designed to be
compatible and will co-exist with Ethernet, InfiniBand and other
fabrics in the data center." 
A PCIe-based ExpressFabric offers the ability to combine different
data types in a single converged pathway. ExpressFabric enables
efficient convergence in several ways: All devices and subsystems
offer native PCIe, thus allowing immediate use of an existing
infrastructure, whereas any other approach adds bridging devices that
inherently increase latency, cost and power. In addition, the data --
compute, communication or storage -- is created and consumed as PCIe
on each of the slots in the rack, so it is efficient from both an
architectural and software point of view to send it across the fabric
in this form. 
In order to enable development of platforms based on the
ExpressFabric solution, PLX is creating a development tool ecosystem,
including its ExpressNIC (a PCIe-based plug-in card), a 1U switch box
built with the company's high-speed Gen3 devices, and a software
package that emulates the key fabric features necessary to do early
engineering. These hardware and software development kits are
intended to seed market adoption, and enable the rapid growth
expected in the coming years. Contact a PLX sales professional for
At SC12, PLX will frame its ExpressFabric initiative with a 30-minute
presentation during the Interconnect and Advanced Architectures
track, titled PCI Express as a Datacenter Fabric, on Tuesday,
November 13, at 10:30 A.M., in room 155-B, and presented by Larry
Chisvin, PLX vice president of strategic initiatives. 
PCIe, with its third-generation (Gen3) products in full production
and Gen4 designs already in development, offers a compelling resource
for designers to take advantage of the widely implemented and
rigorously proven PCIe standard. PCIe has been deployed throughout
nearly every industry market segment since it was introduced in 2003.
The specification has progressed from a per-lane data transfer rate
of 2 Gb/sec to the current Gen3 per-lane transfer rate of 8 Gb/sec,
and can be aggregated to allow a bidirectional data transfer rate as
high as 256 Gb/sec. 
PLX was a pioneer in PCIe and, with first-to-market PCIe Gen3 silicon
in 2010, helped enable today's powerful enterprise data center and
consumer platforms. The company offers a market-leading 18 PCIe Gen3
ExpressLane(TM) switch devices with flexible configurations ranging
from three ports and 12 lanes, and up to 24 ports with 96 lanes.
These high-performance, low-latency switching devices offer a
non-blocking internal crossbar, allowing full wire-line speeds, true
peer-to-peer communication, multi-host capability, and spread
spectrum support. Furthermore, the switches include PLX's unique
visionPAK(TM) software that provides performance monitoring, SerDes
eye measurement, packet generation, and error injection -- features
that dramatically reduce system debug time without special
SC12 is an annual travelling conference and exhibition, held this
year in Salt Lake City, UT, November 10-16, with more information on 
Additional Resources:  

--  ExpressFabric Webpage:
--  A Case for PCI Express as a High-Performance Cluster Interconnect
--  PCI Express fabric: Rethinking data center architectures (Embedded
--  PLX preps PCI Express fabric amid server debate (EE Times)
--  Using PCI Express as a fabric for interconnect clustering (EE Times)
--  PCI Express over optical cabling: Performance, simplicity, efficiency
    (Network World)
--  Videos:
--  Databooks and collateral:

About PLX
 PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), based in Sunnyvale,
Calif., USA, is an industry-leading global provider of
semiconductor-based connectivity solutions primarily targeting the
enterprise and consumer markets. The company develops innovative
software-enriched silicon that enables product differentiation,
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ExpressLane, ExpressFabric, visionPAK, PLX and the PLX logo are
trademarks of PLX Technology, Inc., which may be registered in some
jurisdictions. All other product names that appear in this material
are for identification purposes only and are acknowledged to be
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. 
Editorial Contact: 
Jerry Steach
CommonGround Communications (for PLX)
Tel: (415) 222-9996 
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David Hurd
Communication Director
Tel: (408) 328-3594 
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