Microchip has released the world’s first PCI Express (PCIe) 5.0 switches, the Switchtec PFX PCIe 5.0 family. Next-generation devices double the interconnect performance for high-intensity computing, networking equipment, and NVM Express (NVMe) storage. The new items are compatible with XpressConnect sync restorers, which also support PCIe Gen 5.
Switchtec PFX PCIe 5.0 family can have from 28 to 100 lines and up to 48 NTB bridges. The devices support hot and unexpected plugging and secure boot authentication. They also have a set of tools for debugging and diagnostics.
Microchip has additionally released a complete set of tools needed to develop end-to-end solutions based on new products. These tools include design documentation, reference design examples, evaluation boards, and more.
Switchtec PFX PCIe 5.0 switches are already available to interested customers as separate samples. The timing of the start of mass deliveries of new products has not yet been specified.