PLX Technology, Inc.

ExpressLane™ PCI Express 3.0 Switches

OS Support: Windows, Linux, Others
Bus Interface: PCIe

The new innovative PLX® ExpressLane™ PCIe Gen 3 switch family, designed on 40nm process node, includes broad lane counts ranging from 12 to 48 lanes and 3 to 18 flexible ports. Board and system designers can take full advantage of the latest PCIe specification–8 Gbps in both directions (Tx/Rx), per lane–thus enabling one PLX 48–lane Gen 3 switch to handle an astounding 96 Gbps of full peer–to–peer bandwidth. PLX’s Gen 3 switches also offer hot–plug controllers, virtual channels, and a non-transparent (NT) port feature, which enables the implementation of multi–host systems in communications, storage, and blade server applications.

PLX PCIe Gen 3 switches include exclusive software driven on–chip hardware debug and monitoring features such as measurement of the SerDes eye inside the device; PCIe packet generation to saturate x16 Gen 3 port; injection of error in live traffic; error logging; port utilization count; as well as PCIe and traffic monitoring for easy bring–up of PCIe systems that would otherwise require days of lab set–up and hundreds of thousands of dollars in test and measurement equipment. Furthermore, PLX offers designers a software development kit that simplifies design–in of the switch and its value–added features.





  • Highly Flexible Port Configurations
  • Lowest Power and Lowest Latency
  • Non–Transparent Port Capability
  • True Peer–to–Peer Data Transfer
  • Hot–Plug Support




Data Center and Cloud Computing, Graphics, Industrial, Embedded


Contact Information

PLX Technology, Inc.

870 W. Maude Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA, 94085

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