PLX and FCI are demonstrating the use of FCI's new mini-SAS high-density (MSHD) active optical cable (AOC) to provide 32Gbps(PCIe Gen3, x4) optical connectivity in a small-form-factor platform. The demonstration highlights how a PLX PCIe switch card connects to a PLX five-bay PCIe expansion card through the use of a standard MSHD connector and FCI's new MSHD AOC. The expansion card allows any devices connected (such as PCIe adaptors, solid-state drives and NIC cards) to interact with the main motherboard/server as if it were a device installed inside the chassis. The demonstration platform can be used by those interested in developing system products for PCIe over non-standard PCIe cabling.
The demonstration featuring FCI MSHD cables and PLX PCIe switch technology will also give engineers an opportunity to see the performance benefits that can be realised in high-performance computing, communications and networking applications. FCI's new MSHDAOC is the next-generation SAS-based storage I/O system that allows for the signal transmission of both SAS 2.1 (6Gbps per channel) and the proposed SAS 3.0 (12Gbps per channel) industry standard protocols. This increases linear board density while doubling the maximum per-port aggregate bandwidth. These attributes enable accelerated access and transfer of data within systems. Ecoc 2013 is being held at the ICC London ExCel.
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