Switchtec PCIe switches now support extended industrial temperature range

Designed to address industrial, defence and security markets, the PFX-I PCIe switches from Microsemi have been added to the Switchtec range.

The Switchtec PFX-I Gen3 PCIe switches support the feature set of Microsemi’s PFX PCIe fan-out switches, and are designed to operate in harsher environments demanded by applications including automation, defence, healthcare and industrial computing, medical imaging, instrumentation, security and radars.

The extended industrial temperature PCIe Gen3 switch family has passed thermal cycle testing, interval testing at various extreme temperatures and vigorous temperature humidity testing of several hundred hours to ensure durability at different humidity levels and wide temperature ranges. The switches operate over an extended -40 to +105 degrees C junction temperature range. They also support up to 48 ports, 48 non-transparent bridges (NTBs), 24 virtual switches, advanced error handling, hot- and surprise-plug controllers, dynamic port bifurcation and dynamic partitioning.

Microsemi’s Switchtec PM857x PFX-I family comprises switches from 96 to 24 lanes, providing, the most flexible port bifurcation in the industry, says Microsemi, from x2, x4, x8, x16 lanes per port. It also has the highest port density, NTB density, and switch partition density and advanced error containment and hot- and surprise-plug support to prevent system crashes. There are also advanced diagnostics and debug features to identify, diagnose and fix problems. There is also Separate Refclk Independent SSC (SRIS) for cabled PCIe and lower cost system designs.

Microsemi’s Switchtec PM857x PFX-I extended industrial Gen3 PCIe switches are now in production and available to order.

Microsemi supplies value-add PCIe products including the scalable, low power, high-reliability PFX family of PCIe Gen3 fan-out switches, the programmable Switchtec PAX Gen3 Advanced Fabric PCIe Switches, and the low power, multi-protocol, adaptive EQNOX family of signal conditioners with FlexEQ equalisation technology supporting PCIe Gen3 and PCIe Gen2. Microsemi’s PCIe family builds low power and high-reliability data centre, communications, defence and industrial servers; workstations; switches; routers; cellular infrastructure and test equipment.

Microsemi offers a portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace and defence, communications, data centre and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analogue mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs, power management products, timing and synchronisation devices and precise time solutions, RF solutions, discrete components, enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products, Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans as well as custom design capabilities and services.


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