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Product category: Communications ICs (Wired)
News Release from: Pericom Semiconductor Corp | Subject: PI7C9X20303UL and PI3VDP612
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 19 August 2008

Switches cut power and size

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Compact and low power PCIe packet and DisplayPort switches suit power-, size- and value-sensitive applications, such as volume notebooks and PCs.

New from Pericom Semiconductor, the industry's lowest power, smallest package PCIe packet and DP switches are designed for power, size and value-sensitive applications, such as volume notebooks and PCs, as well as digital TV applications The PI7C9X303UL UltraLo is a three-port three-lane PCIe packet switch with typical power consumption less than 250mW in active mode (standby power well under 200mA)

Similar to Pericom's SlimLine PCIe product family, the 303UL's tiny 10 x 10mm QFN package is engineered with PowerSave - Pericom's green technology designed to reduce power consumption up to 30% (normal operation mode).

The UltraLo packet switch addresses market applications - such as volume PC, notebook, wireless access points, SOHO printers, and video surveillance - where space, power and cost pose significant barriers for other conventional PCIe switch products.

"Our tiny 303UL represents a breakthrough in enabling space-and-power constrained PCIe applications", said Bill Weir, Pericom's Senior Marketing Director for Connect Products.

"Beta testing is completed, PCI-SIG certification received, and Tier 1 volume platform designs are in progress".

"The 303UL is very well positioned to address the large TAM for volume platforms in all three major market segments - computing, consumer, and networking".

The PI3VDP612 is a three-port DisplayPort switch in a very small package (11 x5 mm TQFN) with ultralow power consumption at full operation of under 200uW.

Similar DisplayPort switch products from other vendors can consume up to 1W.

Low power consumption makes it optimal for battery-powered notebook applications, but also enables DisplayPort routing in PC, digital TV and video display design.

"Our Tier 1 customer designs represent a rapid transition to DP-enabled notebooks and displays, and our PI3VDP612 DP switch expedites their product introduction by providing next-generation routing with power-and-space reduction features they can use today", said Abdullah Raouf, Pericom's Product Marketing Manager for Video Switch Products.

Samples, evaluation boards, and development kits are available now for PI7C9X20303UL and PI3VDP612, with production quantities available in Q4 2008 for the DP612 and September 2008 for the 303UL.

OEM retail pricing begins at US $3.95 for the PI7C9X20303UL in volume quantities and US $1.50 for the PI3VDP612 in 100,000-unit quantities.

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