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Advantech Chooses PLX PCI Express Switches For Connectivity Based On Texas Instruments’ TMS320C6678 Multicore DSP

PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), a leader in connectivity solutions for the data center and the home, today announced PLX® PCI Express® (PCIe®) switches are designed into the latest Advantech add-in cards based on Texas Instruments Incorporated’s (TI) new TMS320C6678 multicore digital signal processor (DSP), allowing cross-functionality into multiple new market segments. Developers in the wireless and core network infrastructures, digital media, test and measurement, communications, DSP farms, mission critical, high-performance computing, medical imaging and industrial automation markets will all benefit from the ease-of-use connectivity of PCIe-native DSPs, which take full advantage of the interconnect technology’s high speeds and heavy market penetration.

Advantech’s versatile new DSPC-8681 platform uses PLX’s ExpressLane™ PEX8624 PCIe switch (24 lanes, 6 ports) for high-performance 5Gb/s bidirectional fan-out both on and off the board, and enable two lanes of connectivity to each of TI’s four C6678 DSPs. TI’s TMS320C66x generation of multicore devices are built with multiple 1.25 GHz DSP cores, delivering the industry’s first 10-GHz DSP and boasting five times the performance of any DSP. In addition to its broad market feature set, the DSPC-8681 is a highly flexible and programmable multimedia-processing engine with 32 1.25GHz DSP cores enabling real-time, multi-format video transcoding on a half-size PCIe card. Its form factor will facilitate rapid deployment in both desktop- and server-based solutions for a wide range of multimedia applications from digital video transmission to HD video telephony and telepresence.

“Advantech is excited about the integration of PCI Express and DSPs because it opens new opportunities for system builders to design with high performance and low power while maintaining a lower cost,” said Paul Stevens, telecom sector marketing director, Advantech. “PLX and TI provided Advantech with the industry’s most complete portfolios and unwavering technical support, allowing us to rapidly expand our business into new markets. As a result, we will be introducing additional PCIe cards over the coming weeks that deploy TI DSPs and PLX switches.”

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