SOURCE: PLX Technology

PLX Technology

November 07, 2011 08:00 ET

PLX Enables High-Density Storage Connectivity via PCI Express Gen3 on Powerful ATTO Technology Host Bus Adapters

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 7, 2011) - PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), a leader in high-speed connectivity solutions for the enterprise data center, and ATTO Technology, Inc., a leader in network and storage and infrastructure solutions for intensive computing environments, teamed up today to announce a powerful enterprise storage solution enabled by the PCI Express (PCIe) Gen3 standard. The new ATTO ExpressSAS H6F0 GT host bus adapter (HBA) integrates a PLX® PCIe Gen3 switch to empower system architects with unparalleled bandwidth needed for storage appliances, including rack-mounted servers and workstations in data centers, data warehousing, video-on-demand (VOD), and other high-availability, high-performance cloud applications.

The ATTO H6F0 GT is the industry's first SAS/SATA adapter utilizing the PCIe 3.0 specification and is capable of speeds up to 8GB/s in a single PCIe slot, effectively doubling the performance over existing HBAs. The impressive speed of the H6F0 GT PCIe adapter, enabled by PLX's Gen3 switch, delivers support for a dense and efficient connection to SSD and HDD storage applications.

The PLX ExpressLane™ PEX8724 (24 lanes, six ports) PCIe Gen3 switch, used in the new H6F0 GT HBA, enables designers to connect host systems to other network and storage devices. PCIe Gen3 is a high-performance standard capable of saturating a x8 link at 8 Gbps in both directions (Tx/Rx), per lane, totaling 64GB/s of throughput which challenges all other connectivity standards. The PLX Gen3 portfolio today totals 11 devices ranging from 12 to 48 lanes and three to 18 ports, and all are available today.

"ATTO is pleased to partner with PLX on this industry-first technology," said Wayne Arvidson, vice president of marketing at ATTO Technology, Inc. "The pairing of our ExpressSAS H6F0 GT cards with PLX's Gen3 switch enables us to offer customers a high-performance connectivity solution not available anywhere else on the market."

"That PCI Express Gen3 is ramping so quickly in high-end applications and commanding so much interest across the ecosystem is a testament to its power, flexibility and wide range of design possibilities," said Gene Schaeffer, vice president of sales, PLX. "It is very encouraging to see customers like ATTO showing leadership with their high-performance storage products supported by PLX's industry-leading PCI Express Gen3 switching."

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PLX will showcase its PCIe Gen3 solutions, in a demonstration that includes ATTO and Avago, at the SC11 Supercomputing event in Seattle, Wash., November 14-17, 2011, where the company is exhibiting in the Avago booth #5315.

About PLX Technology
PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), based in Sunnyvale, Calif., USA, is an industry-leading global provider of semiconductor-based connectivity solutions primarily targeting the enterprise and consumer markets. The company develops innovative software-enriched silicon that enables product differentiation, reliable interoperability and superior performance. Follow PLX on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About ATTO Technology, Inc.
ATTO is a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments. ATTO provides a wide range of end-to-end solutions to help customers better store, manage and deliver their data. With a focus toward markets that require higher performance, ATTO manufactures host adapters, RAID adapters, bridges, RAID storage controllers, switches and management software.

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