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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.

Technical Documentation

Document/Resources Description Version Date Access
Product Brief Product Overview 1.0 10/10 Download
Data Book Detailed Technical Specifications 1.2 30Sept13 Requires NDA
Design Notes Demonstrating and Testing Multicast 1.0 07July14 Requires NDA
Error Injection (white paper) 1.7 20May14 Requires NDA
Power Management Event (PME) Turn Off Message - white paper 1.0 11July14 Requires NDA
Schematic Design Checklist 1.1 24May13 Requires NDA
Surprise Down Handling with PLX PCIe Switches 1.0 08April14 Requires NDA
Errata Silicon Revisions and Errata List 2.2 08Aug14 Requires NDA
Application Notes Error Recovery and Fencing (white paper) 1.0 01Aug12 Requires NDA
PCIe Gen3 Equalizer Tuning Guide (for revision BA) 1.3 17June13 Requires NDA
PCIe Gen3 Equalizer Tuning Guide (for revision CA) 1.3 17June13 Requires NDA
Proof of concept high-performance PCIe Gen3 over optical cable with no special software or hardware 1.0 15Nov11 Requires Membership
Using a PCIe Switch as a Bandwidth Bridge 1.0 04/10 Requires NDA
White Paper: Independent SSC Operation without SSC Clock Isolation (also see video) 1.0 11May12 Requires Membership
Migration Document PEX8732 to PEX8733 Migration 1.0 30Sep11 Requires NDA
PEX87xxAA to PEX87xxBA Migration Document 1.0 24Feb11 Requires NDA
Design Guidelines Quick Start Hardware Design Guide 1.1 24Mar11 Requires NDA
Videos 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 Requires Membership
PCI Express 3.0 over Optical Cable -- Oct 2010 Requires Membership
PCI Express Clustering for next generation data centers -- Oct 2010 Requires Membership
PCI Express Gen3, The Ultimate Choice - Inside and Outside the Box -- 27Sep11 View HTML
Product Change Notification (PCN) ION-2013-1: Updating packaging material to lead-free pre-solder (rev CA) 2.0 28Oct13 Requires Membership
PCN-2012-3: Revision Change 1.0 28Sep12 Requires Membership
Ordering Information Part Number, Listing and Compliance -- -- View HTML
Quality & Reliability Certificate of Compliance (CoC) - REACH138/RoHS2/Halogen-Free -- 15Mar13 Requires Membership
Certificate of Compliance (CoC) - REACH144/RoHS2/Halogen-Free -- 28Aug13 Requires Membership
Certificate of Compliance - Halogen-Free 1.0 25May12 Requires Membership
Certificate of Compliance, REACH 151, RoHS2 and Halogen-Free -- 04Mar14 Requires Membership
Certificate of Compliance, REACH 155, RoHS2 and Halogen-Free -- 04Sept14 Requires Membership
FIT Rate Reliability Monitor- Test Report (Quarterly) -- Q2 2014 Download
Full Product Reliability Qualification Report (BA silicon) 3.0 22Dec11 Requires Membership
Package Material Composition and Mass Calculation -- 26Mar12 Requires Membership
Package Material Composition and Mass Calculation (100 percent Pb-free) -- 18Sept14 Requires Membership
Product Reliability Qualification Report (CA silicon) 3.0 07Jan13 Requires Membership
Reflow Profile -- 19Jan12 Requires NDA
Webinars About PLX PCIe Gen3 Switches (may require Webex plug-in) -- 05Oct11 Requires Membership

Development Tools

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

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

Applications

Application Description Document
Speed Bridge PCIe Gen 3 (8.0GT/s) speeds ExpressApps #85 (PDF)
PCI Express Packet Generator Transform PLX RDK into a Packet Generator ExpressApps #62
(PDF)