FCI SA designs and manufactures hi-tech connector solutions for telecommunications, data storage, consumer electronics, industrial, and medical instrumentation markets in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Its products include backplane connectors, power solutions, board/wire to board connectors, input/output connectors, optical interconnect solutions, cable assemblies, terminal blocks and others, and flex connectors. The company was founded in 1988 and is based in Guyancourt, France with R&D centers worldwide. It also has manufacturing facilities in Besancon, France; Etters, Pennsylvania; Dongguan City and Nantong, China; Senai, Malaysia; Cochin and Bengaluru, India; and Singapore. FCI SA is a...
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PLX Technology Inc. Teams with FCI to Showcase External Box-To-Box PCI Express Connectivity over Optical Cabling
Sep 23 13
PLX Technology Inc. and FCI announced collaboration on a live demonstration of PCIe over optical cabling at the 39th European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) event, held from 23-25 September in London, U.K. PLX and FCI are demonstrating the use of FCI's new mini-SAS high-density (MSHD) active optical cable (AOC) to provide 32Gbps (PCIe Gen3, x4) optical connectivity in a small-form-factor solution. The demonstration highlights how a PLX(R) PCIe switch card connects to a PLX five-bay PCIe expansion card through the use of a standard MSHD connector and FCI's new MSHD AOC. The expansion card allows any devices connected (such as PCIe adaptors, solid-state drives and NIC cards) to interact with the main motherboard/server as if it were a device installed inside the chassis. The demonstration platform can be used by those interested in developing system solutions for PCIe over non-standard PCIe cabling. The demonstration featuring FCI MSHD cables and PLX PCIe switch technology will also give engineers an opportunity to see the performance benefits that can be realized in high-performance computing, communications and networking applications. FCI's new MSHD AOC is the next-generation SAS-based storage I/O system that allows for the signal transmission of both SAS 2.1 (6Gb/s per channel) and the proposed SAS 3.0 (12Gb/s per channel) industry standard protocols. This increases linear board density while doubling the maximum per-port aggregate bandwidth. These attributes enable accelerated access and transfer of data within systems.