IMC Semiconductor Introduces PCI Express Chips for Graphics and Computing Market

Demonstration of PCI Express Test Device at Intel Developer's Forum

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- IMC Semiconductor, formerly Internet Machines, has introduced a new family of PCI Express(TM) switch and bridge chips targeted at the high performance graphics and computing markets. Building on its proven switch technology, IMC Semiconductor will be among the first semiconductor manufacturers to deliver working silicon based on PCI Express, the next generation interconnect standard designed to greatly increase bandwidth for processor to I/O communication.

"We began development of PCI Express switches in 2002, which has allowed us to take a leadership position in the technology," said Frank Knuettel, President and CEO, IMC Semiconductor. "We're very excited to offer our customers the performance they're demanding for their next generation systems. We're enabling the early movers who want to accelerate their industry's adoption of this new and exciting technology."

"We have established an industry leading position in switch fabric design, having produced a single-chip switch capable of providing full-duplex switching throughput of 200 gigabits per second," added Knuettel. "It's notable that our single-chip switch includes 64 embedded SERDES transceivers and is scalable to terabit speeds. We are integrating this technology into our PCI Express switching products, and as a result are strongly positioned to pursue a market that has great growth potential."

The first product of IMC's new PCI Express switch family, the PES-48G, targets the high performance graphics market and will tapeout later this month. Customer silicon of this device will be available in June. IMC's PCI Express switch family is rounded out with the PES-48S, which targets workstation and server markets and will be available in September, along with the PES-32S and PES-24S, which are designed for riser-card computing applications.

Initial pricing for the 48-lane PES-48G and PES-48S devices is targeted at $41.00 and $45.00 respectively, with the 32 lane PES 32S at $30.00 and the 24 lane PES-24S at $23.00. IMC will begin to support customer designs in March by offering design kits to a limited number of beta customers. The new IMC family of PCI Express chips is fully compliant with the 1.0a specification.


IMC will demonstrate its PCI Express bridge test device at the Intel Developer's Forum Feb. 17-19 in San Francisco.

New Direction, New Name

The company's new name, IMC Semiconductor, reflects a recent corporate reorganization. Frank Knuettel has become President and CEO, while Chris Haywood remains VP of Engineering, and Dennis Rehm joins from Intel as Director of Worldwide Sales and Marketing.

Vision for PCI Express

Internet Machines began development of its PCI Express technology in 2002 and showcased its PCI Express bridge test chip in September of 2003. IMC has been actively involved with PCI Express working groups such as Arapahoe and the PCI Special Interest Group, which is responsible for the PCI, PCI-X and PCI Express specifications.

About IMC Semiconductor

IMC Semiconductor Inc. is a privately funded, fabless semiconductor company developing PCI Express-based chips for high performance graphics and computing applications. Formerly Internet Machines, IMC Semiconductor is headquartered in Agoura Hills, CA, with a design center located in San Diego, CA. Visit for more information.

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