Gen 4 PCIe switches for automotives are first in market, says Microchip

Able to deliver low latency and low power for autonomous driving ecosystems, the Switchtec PFX, PSX and PAX Gen 4 PCIe switches are the first in the market, says Microchip. High speed, low latency connectivity for distributed, heterogenous compute systems are a fundamental element in next-generation autonomous driving applications, said the company. 

The Switchtec PFX, PSX, and PAX switches provide compute interconnect capabilities for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). 

“Our automotive-qualified portfolio of Switchtec Gen 4 switches provides the lowest latency and high bandwidth required to link the CPU and accelerator building blocks used in ADAS applications,” said Krishna Mallampati, associate director of marketing and applications for Microchip’s data centre business unit.  

Switchtec Gen 4 PCIe switches provide the high speed interconnect that supports distributed, real time, safety critical data processing in ADAS architectures. As is the case for PCIe’s adoption in the data centre market, it is emerging as the preferred compute interconnect for the automotive industry where it provides low latency and low power bandwidth scalability to CPUs and specialised accelerator devices.

The GPU and computing giant, Nvidia is using the switches in its Drive platform. “The qualification of Microchip’s solutions to meet the stringent needs of the automotive market is a significant milestone, and one Nvidia closely collaborated on,” said Michael Truog, senior director of Automotive Platform Architecture at Nvidia. “Microchip’s automotive PCIe switches deliver flexibility and advanced programmability, enabling high speed SoC and GPU connectivity within our Nvidia Drive platform,” he added. 

The Switchtec automotive-qualified Gen 4 PCIe switches are available in production. Microchip’s ChipLink diagnostic graphical user interface (GUI) provides debug, diagnostics, configuration and forensics tools for rapid deployment.

Microchip Technology provides smart, connected and secure embedded control solutions. development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company’s products serve customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defence, communications and computing markets.

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