PEX 8732

PEX 8732  Lead Free

32-Lane, 8-Port PCI Express Gen 3 (8 GT/s) Switch, 27 x 27mm FCBGA

The ExpressLane™ PEX 8732 is a 32-lane, 8-port, PCIe Gen 3 switch device developed on 40nm technology. PEX 8732 offers Multi-Host PCI Express switching capability that enables users to connect multiple hosts to their respective endpoints via scalable, high-bandwidth, non-blocking interconnection to a wide variety of applications including servers, storage, communications, and graphics platforms. The PEX 8732 is well suited for fan-out, aggregation, and peer-to-peer traffic patterns. Included is PLX's proprietary visionPAK debug software, which allows, for example, internal receive-eye observation after equalization and access to the devices' internal debug registers thus enabling faster time to market.

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PEX 8732 Technical Documentation

Document/Resources Everyone Access Requires Membership Requires NDA Description Version Date
Product Brief Download     Product Overview 1.0 10/10
Data Book     Download Detailed Technical Specifications 1.2 30Sept13
Design Notes     Download Error Injection (white paper) 1.7 20May14
    Download Power Management Event (PME) Turn Off Message - white paper 1.0 11July14
    Download Schematic Design Checklist 1.1 24May13
    Download Surprise Down Handling with PLX PCIe Switches 1.0 08April14
Errata     Download Silicon Revisions and Errata List 2.0 19June14
Application Notes     Download Error Recovery and Fencing (white paper) 1.0 01Aug12
    Download PCIe Gen3 Equalizer Tuning Guide (for revision BA) 1.3 17June13
    Download PCIe Gen3 Equalizer Tuning Guide (for revision CA) 1.3 17June13
  Download   Proof of concept high-performance PCIe Gen3 over optical cable with no special software or hardware 1.0 15Nov11
    Download Using a PCIe Switch as a Bandwidth Bridge 1.0 04/10
  Download   White Paper: Independent SSC Operation without SSC Clock Isolation (also see video) 1.0 11May12
Migration Document     Download PEX8732 to PEX8733 Migration 1.0 30Sep11
    Download PEX87xxAA to PEX87xxBA Migration Document 1.0 24Feb11
Design Guidelines     Download Quick Start Hardware Design Guide 1.1 24Mar11
Videos View HTML     Independent SSC using PCI Express. Join us at FreeSSC@plxtech.com to make this feature a validated PLX standard offering 1.0 03May12
  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
View HTML     PCI Express Gen3, The Ultimate Choice - Inside and Outside the Box -- 27Sep11
Product Change Notification (PCN)   Download   ION-2013-1: Updating packaging material to lead-free pre-solder (rev CA) 2.0 28Oct13
  Download   PCN-2012-3: Revision Change 1.0 28Sep12
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 - Halogen-Free 1.0 25May12
  Download   Certificate of Compliance, REACH 151, RoHS2 and Halogen-Free -- 04Mar14
  Download   FIT Rate Reliability Monitor- Test Report (Quarterly) -- Q2 2014
  Download   Full Product Reliability Qualification Report (BA silicon) 3.0 22Dec11
  Download   Package Material Composition and Mass Calculation -- 26Mar12
  Download   Package Material Composition and Mass Calculation (100 percent Pb-free) -- 24Mar14
  Download   Product Reliability Qualification Report (CA silicon) 3.0 07Jan13
    Download Reflow Profile -- 19Jan12
Webinars   View HTML   About PLX PCIe Gen3 Switches (may require Webex plug-in) -- 05Oct11

PEX 8732 Development Tools

Document/Resources Everyone Access Requires Membership Requires NDA Description Version Date
Signal Integrity Kit     Download Tool provides loss estimation and bandwidth distortion for a specified trace distance and configuration. 2.0 06/08
Rapid Development Kit (RDK)     Download Hardware Reference Manual (HRM) 1.1 16Aug12
Software Development Kit (SDK) View HTML     Software Development Kit -- --
  View HTML   Software Development Kit -- --
BSDL     Download Boundary Scan Description Language (BSDL) files -- 05Nov12
HSPICE Model     Download HSPICE Model -- 23Dec13
OrCAD     Download OrCAD Library v.16.2 -- 26Apr11
    Download OrCAD Library v.16.3 -- 31Mar11
Design Guidelines     Download PCB Layout Review Guide 1.1 29Sep12

Relevant Press Releases

Release Date Announcement
11/12/12 PLX Unveils ExpressFabric at SC12 Supercomputing Event
06/26/12 PLX to Present, Exhibit Advanced PCI Express Technologies at PCI-SIG DevCon
11/21/11 PLX to Present on Host-to-Host Connectivity, I/O Sharing Using PCIe Gen3 at Server Design Summit
11/14/11 PLX to Showcase Extraordinary Capacity, Reach, of PCI Express Gen3 at Super Computing Event
09/12/11 PLX Demonstrates Powerful PCI Express Solutions with Avago, Marvell at Intel Developer Forum
09/06/11 PLX Expands PCI Express Gen3 Switch Family
08/01/11 PLX to Present on PCI Express-SSD Storage at Flash Memory Summit
06/21/11 PLX and Avago Technologies Team-Up to Prove PCI Express over Fiber Optics at 64Gbps
03/16/11 PLX to Drive Deployment of PCIe-Based Non-Volatile Memory Solutions
03/14/11 PLX Technology Working with Texas Instruments to Deliver PCI Express-Enabled DSPs
12/13/10 PLX Upgrades Feature-Rich SDK for Designs Using Industry's First PCI Express 3.0 Switches
11/16/10 PLX Engineering V.P. to Deliver Presentation on PCI Express as Fabric for Server Clustering at Server Design Summit
11/08/10 PLX Announces Sampling of Industry's First PCI Express 3.0 Switches

PEX 8732 Applications

Application Description Document
Speed Bridge PCIe Gen 3 (8.0GT/s) speeds ExpressApps #85
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