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IDT Offers Broadest Family of Low Power PCI Express Switches Optimized for High Performance I/O Connectivity

SAN JOSE, Calif., – IDT™ (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.;), a leading provider of vital semiconductor solutions, today announced the industry’s broadest range of PCI Express® (PCIe®) switches optimized to solve system I/O connectivity challenges. Now offering 10 PCIe switches, the IDT PRECISE™ family offers the lowest power consuming devices available in the market today and reduces the overall total cost of ownership by significantly minimizing system thermal management requirements. The new switches are optimized to address the I/O connectivity challenges faced by systems ranging from high end servers, storage and communications equipment to industrial and consumer applications. Utilizing a highly innovative architecture, the switches maximize data throughput performance to achieve not only the lowest power consumption per lane, but also the highest performance per watt, of any PCIe switch currently available today.

“We’re working closely with top-tier system OEMs to ensure our switch architecture matches computing resources with the increasing demand for I/O connectivity,” said Zack Mihalis, director of marketing for the IDT Serial Switching Division. “For the second and third generation of PCI Express-based server designs, our PRECISE family of PCIe switches offers the best blend of power, performance per watt and package size. These same characteristics also uniquely position the PRECISE family to meet the needs of emerging applications in the communications, embedded and consumer markets where PCI Express adoption is poised for dramatic growth.”

The new devices are PCI Express 1.1 compliant and deploy the industry’s broadest range of lane/port configurations, providing customers with a wide range of system design choices. The PRECISE family delivers switching bandwidth of 24 gigabytes per second (GBps) for the 48-lane/12-port switch. At the low-end, the 8-lane/5-port switch delivers 4 GBps throughput. Key design decisions, such as support for up to 2048-byte payloads, large internal buffers and a significant number of flow control credits enable these switches to offer maximum throughput.

“A broad family of PCI Express switches, like those introduced today by IDT, is critical for providing low power, interconnect solutions for a wide variety of applications,” said Jim Pappas, Director of Technology Initiatives, Intel Corporation. “Intel has been a long-time proponent of standards-based serial switching because it leads to broader, more cost-effective adoption of the latest technology.”

Each member of the PRECISE family has a dedicated evaluation and development kit for device testing and analysis, and system emulation. Each kit consists of a hardware evaluation board with representative upstream and downstream connectivity, and an IDT-developed, GUI-based software environment that enables the designer to tune system and device configurations to meet system requirements.

Moreover, to ensure that each OEM system design is optimized for production and meets its time to market objectives, IDT provides customers with extensive, collaborative technical support including system modeling and signal integrity analyses, and schematic and layout review services.

All of the new devices are either currently sampling or will be available for sampling in the first calendar quarter of 2007. For additional information, including pricing and specific sampling schedule, visit

Viernes, 08 Diciembre, 2006 - 09:16
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