PLX, Kontron Announce PCI Express Fabric Breakthrough

PLX, Kontron Announce PCI Express Fabric Breakthrough 
SBCs Achieve 5.6GBytes/s Speeds Between VPX Boards 
SUNNYVALE, CA and POWAY, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/17/12 --  PLX
Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), a leading global supplier of
high-speed connectivity solutions enabling emerging data center
architectures, and Kontron, a global leader in embedded computing
technology, today announced an industry breakthrough in the
deployment of PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) technology as a backplane
interconnect. Built around PLX(R) ExpressLane(TM) PCIe 3.0 (Gen3)
switches, Kontron's VX3042 and VX3044 Intel Core i7 single-board
computers (SBCs) routinely achieve 5.6 gigabytes per second (GB/s)
data throughput between any boards in a VPX rack. 
The Kontron VX3042 and VX3044 SBCs leverage PLX's PCIe Gen3 switching
technology, along with Kontron's exclusive VXFabric(TM) software. In
addition to two 10 Gigabit Ethernet channels already featured on the
boards, VXFabric implements TCP/IP over PCI Express as a second data
plane for higher-performance embedded computing. This combination of
features enables efficient system convergence, as all devices and
subsystems offer native PCIe, which permits immediate use of an
existing infrastructure, thereby lowering latency, cost and power.
Kontron VXFabric provides the software between the PLX ExpressLane
switch and the bottom of a standard TCP/IP stack, which allows the
boards to use their existing TCP/IP-based application without having
to be modified. 
"Embedded-computer systems rarely realize a tenfold increase in I/O
performance and with absolutely no porting effort," said Vincent
Chuffart, product marketing manager, Kontron. "However, the Kontron
VX3042 and VX3044 SBCs put this powerful capability directly in the
hands of users, allowing them to leverage PLX PCI Express switching
and the ubiquitous TCP/IP socket interface. We feel this type of
solution is bound to be well received in the market." 
"PCI Express has emerged as the most sensible backplane interconnect
solution available," said Gene Schaeffer, vice president worldwide
sales, PLX. "This is demonstrated in how our switch features help
achieve 5.6 gigabytes per second and efficient use of the TCP/IP
stack implementation in the VPX ecosystem." 
PLX switches offer the ability to combine different data types in a
single converged pathway. Data (compute, communication or storage)
are created and consumed as PCIe on each of the slots in the rack,
delivering efficiency both in hardware architectural and software
Kontron VXFabric software simplifies and accelerates application
development and helps to extend application lifecycles as it enables
migration to emerging hardware communication standards, such as 10G
and 40G Ethernet. The software streamlines the task of inter-CPU
communication in VPX system architectures. 
The VX3042 and VX3044 represent Kontron's third generation of 3U
OpenVPX(TM) SBCs, both using Intel Core i7 processors and featuring
native support for 10GB Ethernet and PCIe Gen3. The boards are
specifically designed to provide the ideal combination of
leading-edge performance in CPU computing power and I/O bandwidth. 
Pioneers in Embedded Computing
 The collaboration on the Kontron
VX3042 and VX3044 Intel Core i7 SBCs draws on the expertise of two
embedded-systems pioneers. PLX was first to market with PCIe Gen3
silicon and has ushered in today's powerful PCIe-based enterprise
data center and consumer platforms. The company offers a
market-leading 18 PCIe Gen3 ExpressLane switch devices with flexible
configurations ranging from three ports and 12 lanes, and up to 24
ports with 96 lanes, all of which enable PLX to champion external
PCIe applications through its ExpressFabric initiative. Kontron is a
recognized leader in the embedded-systems market segment and creates
standards used industry-wide. The company introduced many of the
market's top embedded-system solutions, including the industry's
first fully functional COM Express(R) solution. 
PLX Resources: 

--  ExpressFabric Webpage:
--  Videos:
--  Databooks and collateral:
--  Published Articles:
    --  PLX Looks to Bring PCIe Fabric to Market (HPC wire)
    --  A Case for PCI Express as a High-Performance Cluster Interconnect
        (HPC wire)
    --  PCI Express fabric: Rethinking data center architectures (Embedded
    --  PCI Express over optical cabling: Performance, simplicity,
        efficiency (Network World)

Kontron Resources 

--  VXFabric product page
--  VXFabric whitepaper
--  VX3042 3rd gen Core i7 quad-core 3U VPX Single Board Computer product
--  VX3044 3rd gen Core i7 quad-core 3U VPX Single Board Computer product

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
reliable interoperability and superior performance. Visit PLX on, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. 
About Kontron
 Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing
technology. With more than 40 percent of its employees in research
and development, Kontron creates many of the standards that drive the
world's embedded computing platforms. Kontron's product longevity,
local engineering and support, and value-added services, helps create
a sustainable and viable embedded solution for OEMs and system
integrators. Kontron works closely with its customers on their
embedded application-ready platforms and custom solutions, enabling
them to focus on their core competencies. The result is an
accelerated time-to-market, reduced total-cost-of-ownership and an
improved overall application with leading-edge, highly-reliable
embedded technology. 
Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the
symbol "KBC." For more information, please visit: 
ExpressLane, ExpressFabric, 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. 
PLX Contacts: 
Jerry Steach
CommonGround Communications (for PLX)
Tel: +1 (415) 222-9996 
PLX Communication Director:
David Hurd
Tel: +1 (408) 328-3594 
Kontron Contacts: 
Norbert Hauser
Tel: +49-8341-803-0  
Americas / APAC
Richard Pugnier
Tel: +1 (858) 623-3006