SOURCE: Pericom Semiconductor Corporation

Pericom Semiconductor Corporation

September 13, 2010 09:00 ET

Pericom Announces New High-Speed PCIe® 3.0 Switching, Signal Integrity, and Timing Solutions

Innovative New Product Families Support the Latest PCI Express® 8Gb Speed for Server, Storage, Embedded, and Networking Applications

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 13, 2010) -  INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM (IDF) -- Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEM), a leading supplier of high-speed connectivity, timing and signal-conditioning silicon and quartz solutions, today announced families of PCI Express® (PCIe®) 3.0 ReDriver™ signal conditioner, signal switch, clock generation and buffer products. Pericom will be demonstrating its latest PCIe 3.0 solutions at IDF this week, booth #520 in the Moscone Center West, San Francisco, Calif.

The upcoming PCIe 3.0 specification defines operating speeds up to 8Gbps, representing a 60% speed increase from the existing PCIe 2.0 clock speed of 5Gbs, and an almost 100% data speed increase, due to a more efficient encoding scheme. While many 5Gbs systems already required signal conditioning solutions to operate, the new 8Gbs speed will pose even more significant signal integrity issues for both PCB and cable media, which can impact system stability and performance in next generation designs.

To address this issue, Pericom is offering two ReDriver signal conditioners (PI2EQX8804 and PI2EQX8864) developed with PCIe 3.0 technology in mind that can restore signal integrity for system reliability, while also offering simplified design, lower power, reliable and repeatable EQ settings, and lower cost compared to other more complicated solutions. The PI2EQX8804 is pin compatible with its popular 5Gb counterpart (PI2EQX5804), offering further design flexibility and upgrade options for next generation system designers.

"As a long time respected PCI Express vendor, we are pleased to see Pericom's PCIe 3.0 product family announcement at Intel IDF," said Al Yanes, president of PCI-SIG. "We anticipate that early adopter companies, such as Pericom, will capitalize on the opportunity to introduce products based on the PCIe 3.0 technology at 8GT/s performance and speed."

"Pericom is very pleased to be among the first to announce multiple product solutions for the now emerging PCIe 3.0 applications," said Dr. Gerry Liu, senior vice president of marketing. "Having had good success and experience with our PCIe 2.0 product families, our top tier customers are already evaluating our PCIe 3.0 solutions for their next generation server, storage, and embedded platforms."

Pericom is also offering two PCIe 3.0 compatible signal switches, which allow high speed 8Gbs signals to be switched from lane to lane, or connector to connector with very low latency, power, and signal loss. The product family offers both flow-through (PI3PCIE3412) and fold-back (PI3PCIE3415) pin options to optimize signal routing and board design, with both products offered in a very small 9mmx3.5mm TQFN space saving package.

Completing the PCIe 3.0 offering, Pericom's Timing offering includes two very-low-jitter PCIe 3.0-compliant clock generators: the 2-output PI6C557-03B and 4-output PI6C557-05B. It also has two clock buffers: the 1:4 PI6C20400B and the 1:8 PI6C20800B. The clock generators offer extremely low 0.45pS RMS phase jitter (typical), which translates to lower overall system Bit Error Rate (BER). The clock buffers offer multiple low-jitter copies of the PCIe 100MHz clock for distributed timing. Coupled with the added option of Pericom's very-low-jitter SHPCIe100 XO, customers can design a complete PCIe 3.0 compliant timing solution for their platform with excellent jitter margin. 

For more information about Pericom's new PCIe 3.0 solutions, please visit

Availability and Pricing:
PI2EQX8804 - samples now, production Dec2010. Budgetary pricing - $4.95 @ 50Ku
PI2EQX8864 - samples Oct, production Jan2011. Budgetary pricing - $4.25 @ 50Ku
PI3PCIE3412 - samples now, production Oct2010. Budgetary pricing - $1.45 @ 50Ku
PI3PCIE3415 - samples now, production Oct2010. Budgetary pricing - $1.45 @ 50Ku
PI6C557-03B- samples now, production Dec2010. Budgetary pricing - $0.72 @ 50Ku
PI6C557-05B- samples now, production Dec2010. Budgetary pricing - $1.08 @ 50Ku
PI6C20400B - samples now, production Dec2010. Budgetary pricing - $0.65 @ 50Ku
PI6C20800B - samples now, production Dec2010. Budgetary pricing - $0.85 @ 50Ku

About Pericom:
Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEM) enables serial connectivity with complete solutions for computing, communications and consumer market segments. Pericom's integrated circuits (IC) and frequency control products (FCP) provide the connectivity, timing and conditioning of high-speed signals required by today's electronic applications. Company headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with design centers, sales and support offices around the globe.

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PCI-SIG is the Special Interest Group that owns and manages PCI specifications as open industry standards. The organization defines and implements new industry standard I/O (Input/Output) specifications as the industry's local I/O needs evolve. The PCI Special Interest Group was formed in 1992 and became a nonprofit corporation, named "PCI-SIG," in the year 2000. Currently, more than 900 industry-leading companies are active PCI-SIG members worldwide. PCI-SIG's current directors are employed by the following PCI-SIG member companies: Agilent, AMD, Broadcom, HP, IBM, Intel, Dell, NVIDIA and Sun Microsystems. For more information about the PCI-SIG and its membership benefits, please visit the PCI-SIG Web site at or contact (503) 619-0569 (within the United States).

PCI-SIG, PCI Express, PCIe, PCI-X and Conventional PCI are trademarks or registered trademarks of PCI-SIG.

Contact Information

  • Marketing contact:
    Patti Glenn
    Marketing Communications Manager
    Pericom Semiconductor
    3545 N 1st Street
    San Jose, CA 95134
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