Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Express PCIe Technology
Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Express (PCIe) Technology
PCIe is a widely used bus interconnect interface, mainly used in server platforms. It is increasingly used as a storage interconnect solution as well, with the addition of NVMe storage devices into the PCIe ecosystem. PCIe currently supports up to 8 GT/s of throughput per PCIe Lane, with a roadmap up to 16GT/s. Typical storage implementations utilize x2, x4, x8, and x16 Lane width interconnect configurations from the host root complex, directly to, or through PCIe switches, to endpoint PCIe storage devices.
Industry-leading PCIe products
Microsemi is a leader in PCIe, having introduced multiple industry firsts including:
- Industry's first PCIe Gen 3 SAS/SATA RAID Controller
Industry’s first Storage PCIe Switches (Switchtec™), with the industry’s leading port count and signal integrity, and the Industry’s lowest power consumption (up to 60% more power efficient than other solutions)
- PCIe Gen 3 Redriver/Retimer with EQNOX™ Adaptive Equialization
- Flash-based FPGAs and SoCs used in CPLD functions with integrated PCIe End Point implementations
Actively Advancing PCIe Standards
The Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) contributes to the advancement of the PCI standard. Microsemi is involved with the advancement of PCIe standards, and ensures our products with PCIe interfaces properly conforms to these standards. At PCI-SIG Compliance Workshop events, products can be tested against the latest PCIe 3.0 test standards, including interoperability testing with 3rd-party platforms and devices. At previous PCI-SIG compliance events, Micorsemi tested Flashtec™, Switchtec™, Tachyon®, and Adaptec® products. The success from these various test events resulted in the listing of several products on the PCI-SIG Integrators List as PCI Express 3.0 compliant.
Contact your local Microsemi sales office today to find the right PCIe technologies and products for your design needs.