PLX and Kontron announce PCI Express® Fabric breakthrough
SBCs achieve a speed of 5.6 GB/s between VPX boards
Online PR News – 17-December-2012 – Eching – SUNNYVALE and POWAY, Calif. - December 17, 2012 -- PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), a leading global supplier of high-speed connectivity solutions enabling emerging data center architectures, and Kontron, a global leader in embedded computing technology, today announced an industry breakthrough in the deployment of PCI Express® (PCIe®) technology as a backplane interconnect. Built around PLX® ExpressLane™ PCIe 3.0 (Gen3) switches, Kontron’s VX3042 and VX3044 Intel® Core™ i7-based single-board computers (SBCs) routinely achieve 5.6 gigabytes per second (GB/s) in data throughput between any boards in a VPX rack.
The Kontron VX3042 and VX3044 Intel® Core™ i7-based SBCs leverage PLX’s PCIe Gen3 switching technology along with Kontron’s exclusive VXFabric™ software. In addition to having two 10 Gigabit Ethernet channels already featured on the boards, VXFabric™ implements TCP/IP over PCI Express® as a second data plane for higher-performance embedded computing. This combination of features enables efficient system convergence, as all devices and subsystems offer native PCIe, which permits immediate use of an existing infrastructure, thereby lowering latency, cost and power. Kontron VXFabric™ provides the software between the PLX® ExpressLane™ switch and the bottom of a standard TCP/IP stack, which allows the boards to use their existing TCP/IP-based application without having to be modified.
"Embedded computer systems rarely realize a tenfold increase in I/O performance and with absolutely no porting effort,” said Vincent Chuffart, product marketing manager, Kontron. "However, the Kontron VX3042 and VX3044 SBCs put this powerful capability directly in the hands of users, allowing them to leverage PLX PCI Express switching and the ubiquitous TCP/IP socket interface. We feel this type of solution is bound to be well received in the market."
"PCI Express has emerged as the most sensible backplane interconnect solution available,” said Gene Schaeffer, vice president worldwide sales, PLX. “This is demonstrated in how our switch features help achieve 5.6 gigabytes per second and efficient use of the TCP/IP stack implementation in the VPX ecosystem."
PLX switches offer the ability to combine different data types in a single converged pathway. Data (compute, communication or storage) are created and consumed as PCIe on each of the slots in the rack, delivering efficiency both in hardware architectural and software usage.
Kontron VXFabric™ software simplifies and accelerates application development and helps to extend application lifecycles as it enables migration to emerging hardware communication standards, such as 10G and 40G Ethernet. The software streamlines the task of inter-CPU communication in VPX system architectures.
The VX3042 and VX3044 represent Kontron’s third generation of 3U OpenVPX™ SBCs, both using Intel® Core™ i7 processors and featuring native support for 10GB Ethernet and PCIe Gen3. The boards are specifically designed to provide the ideal combination of leading-edge performance in CPU computing power and I/O bandwidth.
Pioneers in Embedded Computing
For more information on Kontron VXFabric™, please visit the product page: http://www.kontron.com/products/boards+and+mezzanines/3u+vpx/processor/vx3042.html
For more information, please visit the Kontron 3U VPX SBC VX3042 product page: http://www.kontron.com/products/boards+and+mezzanines/3u+vpx/processor/vx3042.html
For more information, please visit the Kontron 3U VPX SBC VX3044 product page: http://www.kontron.com/products/boards+and+mezzanines/3u+vpx/processor/vx3044.html
Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit: http://www.kontron.com/
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