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PLX to Chair Ethernet Technology Summit's Chipsets and Components Track
Will Also Present on Low-Power Efficiency of 10GBase-T

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/14/12 -- PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), a leading global supplier of high-speed connectivity solutions enabling emerging data center architectures, today announced a PLX® vice president has been selected as chairperson of the Ethernet Chipsets and Components track at the Ethernet Technology Summit, held next week in San Jose, Calif. PLX will also present a paper at the event titled "Low-Power Efficiency in 10GBase-T Silicon," which describes how industry advances in chip technology have rapidly brought down per-port power consumption, making 10GBase-T not only attractive to the data center but now a vital purchasing consideration.

Chairing the Ethernet Chipsets and Components track (Wednesday, Feb 22, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and presenting will be Ron Cates, PLX vice president of marketing for networking products, an expert with over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and author of several published articles. In addition to leading the panel's technical discussion, Cates will explain how cable length dependent adaptive power dissipation, Wake-on-LAN, and Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), among other key features, play an important role in today's designs that are leading to the fast ramp-up of 10GBase-T in the data center.

The Ethernet Technology Summit, held Feb. 21-22, brings together industry leaders focused on the latest advances of Ethernet, ranging from the fundamental chips that enable the widely used standard to the careful planning and implementation required in next-generation data centers and enterprise applications. The conference will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, near Mineta San Jose International Airport. Registration is free at www.ethernetsummit.com.

PLX leadership enabled the industry's first 10GBase-T equipment, and today the company provides designers with innovative market-leading 10GBase-T physical layer (PHY) products. With the industry's broadest portfolio in production, PLX's family of transceivers include single- dual- and quad-port integrated devices designed on a 40-nanometer lithography node -- products representing the fourth generation of PLX 10GBase-T PHYs and the company's second generation in 40nm.

The PLX TeraPHY® TN8000 family of devices bring to market several unique attributes requested by multiple Tier-1 manufacturers, and are already being designed into several enterprise platforms. Low power dissipation is crucial in today's data centers and PLX's TN8000 devices require only two watts for 10-meter distances over standard copper cabling. TeraPHY products automatically determine the length of a cable and only use the necessary power to reach that distance. If long reach is needed, the devices are capable of 10Gbps operation at distances in excess of 120 meters on standard Category 6A cabling.

Other key features include enhanced Energy Efficient Ethernet (eEEE) for both 10 Gigabit and Gigabit speeds -- a PLX-only implementation of the IEEE 802.3az standard that delivers special low-power idle modes. System designers requiring high-security networks will take advantage of TeraPHY's enhanced Media Access Control Security (MACSec) circuits with second-generation MACSec features that include options for either variable or fixed latency for network protection. Additional features include RXAUI and enhanced KR interfaces and Wake on LAN support. TN8000 devices use a 39.0625 MHz crystal, in addition to the 156.25 MHz oscillator, resulting in reduced bill-of-materials (BOM) cost.

Relevant Published Articles:

  • 10GBase-T Technology Revisited (EE Times)
  • Electromagnetic interference and 10GBase-T in the data center (Network World)
  • Face off: 10GBase-T and SFP+ Direct Attach (EE Times)

About PLX
PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), based in Sunnyvale, Calif., USA, is an industry-leading global provider of semiconductor-based connectivity solutions primarily targeting the enterprise and consumer markets. The company develops innovative software-enriched silicon that enables product differentiation, reliable interoperability and superior performance. Visit PLX on plxtech.com Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

TeraPHY, PLX and the PLX logo are trademarks of PLX Technology, Inc., which may be registered in some jurisdictions. All other product names that appear in this material are for identification purposes only and are acknowledged to be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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