PLX Expert to Present on Simplifying PCI Express Debugging at PCI-SIG Developers Conference in Israel

PLX Expert to Present on Simplifying PCI Express Debugging at PCI-SIG 
Developers Conference in Israel 
SUNNYVALE, CA and TEL AVIV, ISRAEL -- (Marketwire) -- 02/26/13 -- 
PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), the global leader in PCI
Express(R) (PCIe(R)) silicon and software connectivity solutions
enabling emerging data center architectures, today announced the
company will deliver a technical presentation on simplifying PCIe
debugging at the upcoming PCI-SIG Developers Conference (DevCon), in
Tel Aviv, Israel. Derek Percival, PLX(R) senior field applications
engineer, will present "Debugging PCIe Links without an Analyzer" at
the conference, March 12, 8:30-9:30 a.m. (UTC). The presentation
instructs designers on the most efficient methods of resolving common
and complex PCIe-design issues through on-chip diagnostics tools and
free software, instead of purchasing expensive analysis lab
Structured for engineers knowledgeable in PCIe but looking for a
deeper understanding of debugging methods for this powerful
interconnect technology, Percival's presentation will explain a wide
range of challenges and solutions designers face when finalizing
PCIe-based designs, including: 

--  Initial debugging steps
--  Understanding the link training status state machine (LTSSM)
--  Debugging with an oscilloscope
--  Debugging using registers
--  System-level issues
--  Bandwidth and payload size

PCI Express is ubiquitous in embedded systems, servers, storage
appliances and a variety of other data-center and cloud computing
environments, delivering key advantages over alternative interfaces:
low power, auto-detection, lane configurability, and robust error
detection and correction. Still, designers occasionally need to debug
problematic PCIe links. On-chip diagnostics tools found in PLX's
ExpressLane(TM) PCIe switches -- an embedded packet generator, Rx eye
measurement, Tx loopback, error counters, a PRBS generator, and error
injector capabilities -- enable engineers to quickly and economically
debug designs and help bring them to market in the minimal amount of
PLX Switches: Unrivaled Performance, Extending PCIe Outside the Box 
The expansive PLX ExpressLane PCIe Gen3 portfolio with these on-chip
diagnostics includes 18 switches ranging from a streamlined 12-lane,
three-port device to the industry's only 96-lane, 24-port switch.
Designs using the ExpressLane PEX8796 switch (8 Gigatransfers per
second, per lane, in full duplex mode) realize throughput of up to
1.5 terabits per second -- performance that rivals all other
interconnect technologies. Furthermore, these highly versatile
switches are now enabling ExpressFabric(R) technology, a
PLX-engineered solution that extends PCIe beyond its current dominant
position inside servers, network switches and storage appliances and
into the heart  of a system fabric. PCIe Gen3 -- and eventually Gen4
-- ExpressFabric technology presents designers with the lowest-power
and -cost fabric solution, as it eliminates the need for the
cumbersome translation of multiple interconnects, thus reducing
latency and increasing performance. 
Percival has nearly 30 years' experience in various technical
capacities in the semiconductor industry. As senior field
applications engineer with PLX Europe, he provides technical support
and training to PLX customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Percival holds engineering degrees from the University of Hull, in
the United Kingdom. 
DevCon will be held March 11-12, 2013, at The Carlton Tel Aviv. For
more information on and to register for the conference, go to 
For more PLX information: 

--  Watch videos
--  Download collateral
--  Contact sales

About PLX
 PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), based in Sunnyvale,
Calif., USA, is the industry-leading global provider of
semiconductor-based PCI Express connectivity solutions primarily
targeting enterprise data center markets. The company develops
innovative software-enriched silicon that enables product
differentiation, reliable interoperability and superior performance.
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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 Contact:
David Hurd
Communication Director
Tel: +1 (408) 328-3594 
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