Pericom's New PCI Express(R) Packet Switch & Bridge Family Hurdles Low Power, Space & Cost Barriers

SlimLine family is industry's first small-footprint, low-power LQFP solution that enables PCI Express connectivity in space-and-power sensitive volume applications.

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PCI-SIG DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE -- Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEM), a worldwide preferred supplier of PCI Express(R) connectivity, signal integrity and timing technology, today announced the industry's first PCI Express (PCIe(R)) packet switch product family designed for power, size and value-sensitive applications, such as volume motherboard, wireless access points, docking stations, SOHO printers, digital TV, video surveillance, graphics and mobile applications. Pericom will display these new devices at the PCI-SIG(R) Developer's Conference, Santa Clara Convention Center, booth #6, Santa Clara, Calif., June 11-12, 2008.

"The market SAM for volume platforms across the computing, consumer, and networking market segments number in the hundreds of millions and are growing," said Jag Bolaria, senior analyst at semiconductor market research firm The Linley Group. "Most of these platforms already contain a PCI Express system interconnect. Demand for increased features and functionality will drive the need for PCIe switches and bridges and Pericom is well positioned to serve this new requirement with its small form factor, low power PCIe products."

The SlimLine product family offers two PCIe packet switches and one PCIe-to-PCI bridge. Engineered with PowerSave, the latest in green power-saving technology from Pericom, the design saves up to 30% of power in normal operating mode by allowing selectable power operation states. The proliferation of mobile platforms places greater demands on power and size; as form factors shrink, so does battery space and capability. PowerSave combines with low-cost, space-effective LQFP packaging to deliver to markets and applications where space, power and cost previously posed significant barriers for conventional PCIe products.

"We can offer increased advantages to our customers by using Pericom's SlimLine product family," said Wu Ling Chu, president of Tungson Ages Technologies Ltd., a world market leader in video surveillance products. "These unique products enable us to compete even more effectively and implement designs that give us a distinct market advantage."

"Our SlimLine family has gained excellent traction in our targeted market segments, with numerous early adopter customers recognizing the advantages of this industry first product family," said Bill Weir, Pericom's senior marketing director for Connect Products. "Our beta testing cycle includes Tier 1 customer volume platforms, all three products are fully PCI-SIG certified and compliant, and we are excited to soon move into the production ramp phase."

    SlimLine Features and Benefits:

    -- 4-port, 4-lane Packet Switch (PI7CX9X20404SL)
    -- 3-port, 3-lane Packet Switch (PI7C9X20303SL)
    -- Fully reversible PCIe to PCI bridge (PI7C9X111SL)

Packaged in LQFP technology, they are specifically designed for low power consumption, optimized PCB layout with low BOM cost, and fully meet the requirements of the latest PCI-SIG PCIe 1.1 and PCI 1.2 specifications.


    Unique SlimLine Features:

      - PowerSave power reduction technology (customer programmable on packet
        switches)
      - Programmable PCIe port drive current and de-emphasis
      - RoHS compliant 14mmx14mm 128 pin LQFP package
      - Customer programmable EEPROM port for ultimate flexibility
      - Isochronous data support mode
      - Fully reversible with 4 PCI bus masters and GPIO support (bridge)
      - Fully non-blocking cut through and store-and-forward modes (packet
        switch)
      - < 280mW power requirement - L1 mode (packet switch)


    Pricing and Availability:
    Samples, evaluation boards, and development kits are available now, with
    production quantities available in August, 2008.  OEM retail pricing in
    10Ku quantities:

    -- PI7C9X20404SL - $7.95
    -- PI7C9X20303SL - $6.95
    -- PI7C9X111SL - $5.95

Further information is available from Pericom sales representatives, with offices worldwide, or by visiting http://www.pericom.com/pciexpress/

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About Pericom

Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEM) enables high-speed serial connectivity with the industry's most complete solutions for the computing, communications and consumer market segments. Its analog, digital, and mixed-signal integrated circuits and SaRonix-eCera(TM) frequency control products are essential in the connectivity, timing and signal conditioning of high-speed signals required by today's ever-increasing speed and bandwidth demanding applications. Company headquarters are in San Jose, California, with design centers and technical sales and support offices located globally.

http://www.pericom.com

SlimLine(TM) and SaRonix-eCera(TM) are trademarks of Pericom Semiconductor.

PCI(R), PCI-X(R), PCIe(R), PCI Express(R) and PCI-SIG(R) are registered trademarks of the PCI-SIG(R) (pcisig.org).

Web site: http://www.pericom.com/




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