PCIe switch boasts highest density in industry

Claimed to provide the industry’s highest density, lowest power PCIe switch for data centre, communications, defence and industrial applications, the Switchtec PFX PCIe switch has been announced by Microswitch.

It uses hardware configuration, diagnostics and debug capabilities, and enables PCIe performance for data centre equipment, defence and industrial servers, workstations, test equipment, video production and broadcasting equipment, cellular infrastructure, access networks, metro networks and core networking.

Switches range from 24 lanes to 96 lanes and are claimed to provide the most flexible port bifurcation in the industry, from x2 to x16 lanes per port. The family also boasts the highest port and non-transparent bridge (NTB) density, with up to 48 ports and 48 NTBs.

Switch partition density is also claimed to be the industry’s highest, with up to 24 for efficient use of system resources. Another feature is advanced error containment and surprise-plug and unplug support, to prevent system crashes and diagnostics and debug features to identify, diagnose and fix problems.

The switches are engineered to scale PCIe flash in high-performance data centre applications, providing PCIe with advanced error containment capabilities.

The fanout switch is sampling now, with full production expected later this year.



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