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PLX Technology

September 23, 2013 03:00 ET

PLX Technology Teams With FCI to Showcase External Box-to-Box PCI Express Connectivity Over Optical Cabling

Live Demonstration Held This Week at ECOC Event in London

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Sep 23, 2013) - PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), the global leader in PCI Express® (PCIe®) silicon and software connectivity solutions enabling emerging data center architectures, and FCI, a leading manufacturer of connectors and interconnect systems, today 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® 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.

"We have seen a significant number of customers coming to PLX and asking for high-density, high-performance, low-cost connectivity solutions to expand PCI Express outside the box," said Reginald Conley, vice president, applications engineering, PLX. "To be effective and meet the needs of a wide range of PCI Express users, these solutions must possess what we call the 'triple threat' connectivity option -- copper, optical and AOC. In doing so, the widest range of performance and cost metrics can be met, and Mini-SAS HD has the potential to be one such solution."

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with PLX and explore how we can deliver unprecedented power, range and versatility in computing communications and networking applications," said Jim David, portfolio director for FCI's High Speed IO product lines. "This demonstration is an excellent platform for the community to understand how FCI's MSHD AOC solutions can support its latest designs and optimize data transfer speed and signal integrity within their system."

PLX Leadership in PCI Express
PLX is the worldwide market leader in PCIe switch products, with 18 ExpressLane™ PCIe Gen3 switches already in production or sampling -- with many more in development and planning underway for PCIe Gen4 products. In addition to its PCIe switches performing "within the box" to optimize solid-state storage, PLX's ExpressFabric® PCIe-based fabric products provide system architects with a powerful 'box-to-box' alternative in small- to medium-sized data center clusters. An ExpressFabric-based rack allows for the elimination of costly and power-hungry protocol translation devices and converges management to a PCIe-based top-of-rack (ToR) switch.

FCI Leadership in Storage and Server Connectors
FCI also offers a wide range of storage and server I/O connector options commonly used in enterprise applications that employ 6Gb/s SAS (SFF8482), Serial ATA (SATA), or Fibre Channel drives for data storage, DDR memory and PCIe connectors. FCI's comprehensive suite of connectors allows server and storage engineers to find the most suitable connector solutions at every stage of the product development cycle.

ECOC 2013 is being held at the ICC London ExCel. Visitors can visit booth 128 to find out more about this product demonstration, as well as FCI's extensive range of optical interconnect solutions. For more information, please visit or contact FCI at


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

About FCI Electronics:
With 6,500 employees globally and sales of 555M USD in 2012, FCI Electronics is a leading global manufacturer of interconnects and cable assemblies that combines a broad product offering with field engineering resources to meet specific customer needs. FCI Electronics delivers proven connections and innovative solutions for various markets such as datacom, telecom, consumer, industrial, instrumentation, medical and renewable energy. 

FCI Electronics' full portfolio comprises proven legacy products and innovative new designs including backplane connectors, board and wire systems, active optical cables, transceivers, fiber optic adaptors, high-speed connectors, I/O connectors, mezzanine connectors, PCB terminal blocks, flex connectors, power solutions, storage interfaces and custom cable assemblies. For more information, please visit us at

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