SOURCE: Pericom Semiconductor Corporation

Pericom Semiconductor Corporation

January 25, 2010 06:30 ET

Pericom Provides Unmatched Performance and Functionality in New PCI Express 2.0 Signal Switches

New, More Complex Features Add Value and Flexibility to PCI Express-Based Platforms in Networking, Storage, Telecom, and Embedded Applications

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 25, 2010) - Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEM), a worldwide-preferred supplier of high-speed integrated circuits and frequency control products, today announced production availability of five new high-performance signal switch products. These devices extend Pericom's family of PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 devices operating at 5.0Gbps with new, more complex functions that can further optimize performance and cost in networking, storage, telecom, and embedded applications.

"This new family of PCIe 2.0 signal switches addresses the need created by feature-rich customer platforms with multiple PCIe sockets," said Alan Yuen, senior director of product marketing for signal switch products at Pericom Semiconductor. "The design engineer is faced with ever-increasing I/O complexity, and these products provide expanded solutions and include new features that can add real value to the platform. There are no equivalent devices with similar functionality and performance available today."

Pericom PCIe 2.0 signal switches are used for slot configuration and expansion in workstations, servers, storage, embedded, and telecom equipment. They are used for lane control in high-end desktop gaming systems, for system fail-over redundancy in high-reliability systems, and in a variety of other applications. In addition to PCIe, Pericom's differential signal switches are available for a variety of industry standard interface protocols, including SAS, SATA, XAUI, Infiniband, HyperTransport, Ethernet, HDMI, DVI, DP, USB and more. Pericom's new PCIe signal switches are unique in providing deterministic timing, zero latency, and operate at the physical layer only, providing cost effective lane switching when IP packet level routing is not required.

Key Features

This new family includes the PI2PCIE2212, PI2PCIE2214, PI2PCIE2442, PI2PCIE2452 and PI3PCIE2215. The PI2PCIE2212 is a 1-lane PCIe 2.0 signal switch providing 2:1 mux/demux operation via a single select control. The PI2PCIE2214 is also a 1-lane version providing 4:1 mux/demux operation. The PI2PCIE2442 is a 2-lane (4-differential channels), PCIe 2.0 signal switch providing 2:2 bus exchange operation via a single select control. The PI2PCIE2452 is also a 2-lane version providing 2:2 matrix switching operation. All devices support 5.0Gbps operation, have very high bandwidth, and feature minimal insertion loss and crosstalk. All devices support full-duplex, bi-directional operation. Except for the PI3PCIE2215, which operates from 3.3V power, they operate at 1.8V nominally. The PI2PCIE2212 and PI3PCIE2215 are packaged in a 3.5mm x 5.5mm 28-TQFN package. The other three devices are supplied in 3.5mm x 9.0mm 42-TQFN packages.

Samples, datasheets, application notes, simulation models, and additional information can be found by visiting the company website.

Pricing & Availability

This family is available now in production quantities, with pricing under $2.00 in 10Ku quantities.

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About Pericom:

Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEM) enables serial connectivity with the industry's most complete solutions for the computing, communications and consumer market segments. Pericom's analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits, along with their SaRonix and eCERA frequency control products are essential in the timing, switching, bridging and conditioning of high-speed signals required by today's ever-increasing speed-and-bandwidth-demanding applications. Company headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with design centers and technical sales and support offices globally. Please visit for more information.

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Contact Information

  • Marketing contact:
    Alan Yuen
    Pericom Semiconductor Corp.
    San Jose, California USA
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    Press contact:
    Sacha Arts
    Bella Vista Communications
    Los Gatos, California USA
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