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GX1 - PCI Express Switch or Switch Fabric Board

3U CompactPCI Serial

The GX1 is a 16-port or 17-port PCI Express gen 3 switch or switch fabric for multi-CPU high speed video and image processing, supercomputing and routing applications - only available in a project context.

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Main Features

  • 64-Lane, 16-Port Express Switch or 65-Lane, 17-Port Switch Fabric
  • PCI Express Generation 3 switching over CompactPCI Serial
  • 985 MB/s per lane for each point-to-point serial link
  • Programmable configuration of PCIe ports according to backplane design
  • Software tools for diagnostics and performance monitoring
  • Dedicated upstream links for multiple CPUs
  • Multicast / broadcast capability
  • Product configuration depending on project
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Technical Data

PCI Express Switch Features
  • 64 lanes, 16 ports
  • PCIe 3.x support
  • Data rate up to 985 MB/s for each point-to-point serial link (8 GT/s per lane)
PCI Express Switch Fabric Features
  • 65 lanes, 17 ports
  • PCIe 3.x support
  • Data rate up to 985 MB/s for each point-to-point serial link (8 GT/s per lane)
Front Interfaces
  • 13 PCI port activity LEDs
  • 1 LED signaling fatal error reported by switch
Rear Interfaces
  • Up to 65 PCI Express lanes on the CompactPCI Serial rear connectors
  • Flexibly configurable to x4 or x8 links
  • One I2C interface
Backplane Standard
Requires custom CompactPCI Serial backplane with PCI Express switch slot
Electrical Specifications
  • Isolation voltage:
    • 1500 V DC front panel (shield) connections to ground
  • Supply voltage
    • +12 V (-5%/+5%)
  • Power consumption
    • 28 W typ, 34 W max. (estimated)
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: conforming to CompactPCI Serial specification for 3U boards
  • Front panel: 4 HP with ejector
  • Weight:
    • 178 g (w/o heat sink)
    • 380 g (with heat sink)
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation)
    • 0°C to +60°C
    • Airflow: min. 1.5 m/s
  • Temperature range (storage): -40°C to +85°C
  • Relative humidity: according to EN 60068-2-30
  • Altitude: -300 m to +3000 m
  • Shock: according to EN 61373 cat 1, class B
  • Vibration: according to EN 61373 cat 1 class B
MTBF: tbd h @ 40°C according to IEC/TR 62380 (RDF 2000)
  • Flammability (PCBs)
    • UL 94 V-0
  • Electrical Safety
    • EN 62368-1 (former EN 60950-1)
  • EN 55022 class B (radiated and conducted emission)
  • EN 55024 (immunity)
Software Support
3rd party tool from chip manufacturer (PLX SDK)

Ordering Information

Our PCI Express switch and switch fabric products will require adaptation to the final solution. Please contact MEN's sales team for assistance in your project.


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