PEX 8608

PEX 8608  Lead Free  PCI-SIG Integrator's List

8 Lane, 8 Port PCI Express Gen 2 (5.0 GT/s) Switch, 15 x 15mm PBGA

The ExpressLane™ PEX 8608 device offers 8 PCI Express Gen 2 (5.0 GT/s) lanes, capable of configuring up to 8 flexible ports. The switch conforms to the PCI Express Base Specification, rev 2.0. The PEX 8608 architecture supports packet cut-thru with the industry's lowest latency of 140ns (x4 to x1) and offers two virtual channels for traffic prioritization in the system. This, combined with large packet memory (2048 byte maximum payload size) and non-blocking internal switch architecture, provide full line-rate on all ports. The PEX 8608 supports both host-centric as well as true peer-to-peer traffic. The PEX 8608 also features an on-chip Non-Transparent port for dual-host and failover applications and supports dual-clock domain operation by virtue of support for Spread Spectrum Clock (SSC) isolation. This switch is hardware configurable and software programmable, allowing users to tailor their port configurations and quality-of-service system needs to suit their application requirements. This device can be used in a wide variety of applications including control planes in the communications and networking markets, intelligent adapter cards and embedded systems. The PEX 8608 is offered in a 15 x 15mm 196-ball PBGA and is available in both leaded and lead-free packaging. This device supports Access Control Services (ACS).

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PEX 8608 Technical Documentation

Document/Resources Everyone Access Requires Membership Requires NDA Description Version Date
Product Brief Download     Product Overview 1.2 05/09
Data Book     Download Detailed Technical Specifications 1.3 31Mar11
Design Notes     Download Dual Cast, 8600 family feature (white paper) 1.0 10/07
    Download Dynamic Buffer Pool, 8600 family feature (white paper) 1.0 10/07
    Download Error Injection (white paper) 1.0 07/10
    Download Hardware Design Checklist 1.0 11/09
    Download Non-Transparent Mode: Setup & Demonstration (white paper) 1.0 04/09
    Download Power Management Modes, PEX 8600 Products (white paper) 1.0 04/08
    Download Quick Start Hardware Design Guide 1.2 12/09
    Download Read Pacing, 8600 family feature (white paper) 1.0 10/07
    Download REXT Resistor Guidelines 1.2 12Apr12
Errata     Download Silicon Errata List 1.8 26June12
Interoperability     Download Interoperability Report 2.0 06/09
Application Notes     Download Gen 2 switch compatibility with Gen 1 devices 1.2 11/09
  Download   PCI-to-PCI Express Bridge Interoperability Issues in Some Windows Platforms 1.0 13May13
    Download Performance Metrics White Paper 1.0 07Oct10
    Download Performance Monitor Feature (white paper) 1.0 05Jan11
    Download Timing Specifications for EEPROM, I2C, and JTAG 1.1 24Aug10
    Download Using a PCIe Switch as a Bandwidth Bridge 1.0 04/10
    Download Using Dual Cast feature of Gen 2 switches 1.0 05/08
Videos   View HTML   IO Sharing via PLX PCIe Switches -- Oct 2010
  View HTML   PCI Express 3.0 over Optical Cable -- Oct 2010
  View HTML   PCI Express Clustering for next generation data centers -- Oct 2010
Product Change Notification (PCN)   Download   PCN-2010-14: Final Test Location (ASE Kaohsiung Taiwan) 1.0 26Oct10
  Download   PDN-2011-4: Product Discontinuance Notice of select revisions/packages -- 22Dec11
Ordering Information View HTML     Part Number, Listing and Compliance -- --
Quality & Reliability   Download   Certificate of Compliance (CoC) - REACH138/RoHS2/Halogen-Free -- 15Mar13
  Download   Certificate of Compliance (CoC) - REACH144/RoHS2/Halogen-Free -- 28Aug13
  Download   Certificate of Compliance, REACH 151, RoHS2 and Halogen-Free -- 04Mar14
  Download   FIT Rate Reliability Monitor- Test Report (Quarterly) -- Q2 2014
  Download   Green 15x15 PBGA Materials Analysis Data Report -- 04/09
  Download   ICP Test Report -- 27Sep10
    Download ICP Test Reports -- --
  Download   Moisture/Reflow Sensitivity Classification (IPC/JEDEC J-STD-020D.1) -- 03/08
    Download Reliability Qualification Report -- 06/09
    Download RoHS 6/6 Certificate of Compliance (PEX86xx Flip Chip BGA products with a suffix 'F') -- --
Webinars   View HTML   About PLX PCIe Gen3 Switches (may require Webex plug-in) -- 05Oct11

PEX 8608 Development Tools

Document/Resources Everyone Access Requires Membership Requires NDA Description Version Date
Signal Integrity Kit     Download PCIe Receiver Equalization (white paper) 1.0 12/08
    Download PLX Gen 2 Testing over "16 / 30" Tyco Comm Backplane (presentation) 1.0 12/08
    Download PLX PCI Express over 30" of Legacy Backplane (white paper) 1.0 07/08
    Download Tool provides loss estimation and bandwidth distortion for a specified trace distance and configuration. 2.0 06/08
    Download Using PEX 8648 SMA based (SI) Card (white paper) 1.3 20Jul10
Rapid Development Kit (RDK)     Download Hardware Reference Manual 1.3 06Aug10
Software Development Kit (SDK)   View HTML   Software Development Kit -- --
BSDL     Download Boundary Scan Description Language files -- 03/09
HSPICE Model     Download HSPICE Model -- 04/09
OrCAD     Download OrCAD Design Files for Add-in Card RDK -- 12/08
    Download OrCAD Library Files for the PEX 8608 -- 12/08
Pinout Document     Download Pinout List 1.1 01/10
Design Guidelines     Download PCB Layout Review Guide 1.1 29Sep12

Relevant Press Releases

Release Date Announcement
09/27/11 Industry-Leading PCI Express Compliancy List Grows with Addition of New Switch, Bridge Products
08/01/11 PLX to Present on PCI Express-SSD Storage at Flash Memory Summit
07/26/11 PLX Powers High-End Graphics Interconnect in New ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Motherboard
06/21/11 PLX and Avago Technologies Team-Up to Prove PCI Express over Fiber Optics at 64Gbps
11/08/10 PLX Announces Sampling of Industry's First PCI Express 3.0 Switches
10/18/10 PLX Techology Executive to Present at Linley High-Speed Interconnect Conference

PEX 8608 Applications

Application Description Document
Bandwidth Bridge Gen 2 speeds; Low power; small package; Fan-Out ExpressApps #77
(PDF)
Communications Router/Switch PCIe Connectivity & Fan-Out ExpressApps #60
(PDF)