PLX PCI Express Gen3 Switches Help Unleash Intel's Ivy Bridge in Data Centers, Cloud Computing

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Sep 11, 2013 -- PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), the global leader in PCI Express® (PCIe®) silicon and software connectivity solutions enabling emerging data center architectures, today announced its ExpressLane™ PCI Express® (PCIe®) Gen3 switches fully support and enhance the new Intel® Ivy Bridge® processor family. The combination of PLX® switches and PCIe-native Ivy Bridge processors enable high-performance servers in data centers and cloud computing environments to realize unprecedented interconnect design options and processing power.

"PLX and Intel are pioneers in high-speed interconnect and industry-standard microprocessors, respectively -- both powerful technologies that have emerged as highly complementary to one another," said David Raun, president and CEO, PLX. "Intel's Ivy Bridge processors and PLX ExpressLane Gen3 switches continue to set the standard for server performance and design flexibility in demanding data center and cloud computing markets."

The ExpressLane support of Ivy Bridge processors builds on PLX's switch portfolios success in servers based on earlier Intel® CPUs, such as the PCIe Gen3-based Xeon Processor E5-2600. Ivy Bridge is the second generation of Intel's platforms supporting the powerful PCIe Gen3 standard.

"PCI Express has long been an enabling technology for designers in compute-intensive systems, which have been aided significantly by this powerful interconnect technology being designed into the Intel Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 family," said Jim Pappas, director of technology initiatives, Intel Corporation. "The design community realizes tremendous benefit from the growing PCI Express ecosystem, and Intel applauds PLX's commitment to this technology and for developing ingredients such as its PCI Express switches."

"The performance-optimizing capabilities of the Ivy Bridge architecture and PCI Express Gen3 give servers another dimension of value in cloud and data center environments," said Jag Bolaria, senior analyst at the Linley Group and author of A Guide to Server Processors. "The combination of native PCI Express on several generations of Intel server processors and high lane and port count switches continues to drive PCI Express adoptions."

In 2004, PLX was the first to market with PCIe switches and has continued to invest in and command the market, resulting in today's portfolio of feature-rich, low-latency, power-efficient switching devices that are complemented by PLX software, which enables quick time to market. PLX began sampling the industry's first PCIe Gen3 switching silicon in 2010 and now offers designers worldwide 18 switches ranging from 12 to 96 lanes, and three to 24 ports. PLX today maintains more than three-quarters of the worldwide market share for PCIe Gen3 switches.

In addition to being the first choice in switches for server, storage, embedded-system, and communications vendors, PLX also has leveraged its PCIe expertise to develop ExpressFabric® technology. A highly efficient extension of PCIe switching, ExpressFabric eliminates the need for expensive bridging devices such as adapter cards used to translate PCIe to InfiniBand, Ethernet or Fibre Channel, therefore providing a high-performance, low-latency solution, while offering significantly lower cost and power, with a reduced bill of materials.

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.

PLX, the PLX logo, ExpressLane, and ExpressFabric are trademarks of PLX Technology, Inc., which may be registered in some jurisdictions. All other product names that appear in this material are for identification purposes only and are acknowledged to be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective organizations.

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