PLX PCI Express Gen3 Switches Help Unleash Intel's Ivy Bridge in Data Centers, Cloud Computing

PLX PCI Express Gen3 Switches Help Unleash Intel's Ivy Bridge in Data Centers, 
Cloud Computing 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/11/13 --  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 its ExpressLane(TM) PCI Express(R)
(PCIe(R)) Gen3 switches fully support and enhance the new Intel(R)
Ivy Bridge(R) processor family. The combination of PLX(R) switches
and PCIe-native Ivy Bridge processors enable high-performance servers
in data centers and cloud computing environments to realize
unprecedented interconnect design options and processing power.  
"PLX and Intel are pioneers in high-speed interconnect and
industry-standard microprocessors, respectively -- both powerful
technologies that have emerged as highly complementary to one
another," said David Raun, president and CEO, PLX. "Intel's Ivy
Bridge processors and PLX ExpressLane Gen3 switches continue to set
the standard for server performance and design flexibility in
demanding data center and cloud computing markets."  
The ExpressLane support of Ivy Bridge processors builds on PLX's
switch portfolios success in servers based on earlier Intel(R) CPUs,
such as the PCIe Gen3-based Xeon Processor E5-2600. Ivy Bridge is the
second generation of Intel's platforms supporting the powerful PCIe
Gen3 standard.  
"PCI Express has long been an enabling technology for designers in
compute-intensive systems, which have been aided significantly by
this powerful interconnect technology being designed into the Intel
Xeon(R) processor E5-2600 v2 family," said Jim Pappas, director of
technology initiatives, Intel Corporation. "The design community
realizes tremendous benefit from the growing PCI Express ecosystem,
and Intel applauds PLX's commitment to this technology and for
developing ingredients such as its PCI Express switches."  
"The performance-optimizing capabilities of the Ivy Bridge
architecture and PCI Express Gen3 give servers another dimension of
value in cloud and data center environments," said Jag Bolaria,
senior analyst at the Linley Group and author of A Guide to Server
Processors. "The combination of native PCI Express on several
generations of Intel server processors and high lane and port count
switches continues to drive PCI Express adoptions."  
In 2004, PLX was the first to market with PCIe switches and has
continued to invest in and command the market, resulting in today's
portfolio of feature-rich, low-latency, power-efficient switching
devices that are complemented by PLX software, which enables quick
time to market. PLX began sampling the industry's first PCIe Gen3
switching silicon in 2010 and now offers designers worldwide 18
switches ranging from 12 to 96 lanes, and three to 24 ports. PLX
today maintains more than three-quarters of the worldwide market
share for PCIe Gen3 switches.  
In addition to being the first choice in switches for server,
storage, embedded-system, and communications vendors, PLX also has
leveraged its PCIe expertise to develop ExpressFabric(R) technology.
A highly efficient extension of PCIe switching, ExpressFabric
eliminates the need for expensive bridging devices such as adapter
cards used to translate PCIe to InfiniBand, Ethernet or Fibre
Channel, therefore providing a high-performance, low-latency
solution, while offering significantly lower cost and power, with a
reduced bill of materials. 

--  Information on PLX PCIe switching products can be found at
--  Information on Intel processors can be found at

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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PLX, the PLX logo, ExpressLane, and ExpressFabric 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 organizations. 
David Hurd 
PLX Technology, Inc. 
Sr. Director, Corporate Communication 
(408) 328-3594 
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