Dolphin Interconnect Solutions Inc. announced the introduction of its new MX series PCIe Adapter Cards and Scalable Switch products based on Microsemi’s Switchtec PFX PCIe Switches. These cabled Gen3 PCIe products employ the new PCI SIG cabling specification, enabling fast deployment of PCIe I/O expansion, NVMe storage, and advance clustering solutions. The initial offering includes the MXH832 host/target adapter and the MXH830 NTB adapter. These initial products will be followed by the MXS824 24 port PCIe Scalable switch for further I/O expansion and cluster scaling.
The MX products are targeted at OEMs and end users looking to implement PCIe over cable solutions. These solutions range from NVMe JBOFs boxes to multi-host cluster networks. MX products are fully PCI SIG compliant and implement the latest specification for a fully compatible fast deployment solution.
The MXH832 Gen3 Host/Target Adapter is our high-performance PCIe 3.1 transparent solution for connecting servers to external I/O subsystems. For high-performance application, such as GPU farms, test and measurement equipment, medical equipment, and storage subsystem, the MXH832 delivers flexibility and performance with extremely high data quality. By combining 128 GT/s performance with the low latency of PCI Express, it is the ideal solution for external I/O Expansion systems. When used in conjunction with the new PCI-SIG external PCIe 3.0 cables, the MXH832 can connect to any compliant downstream device. It also implements the new PCI-SIG CMI (Cable Management Interface) protocol.
Both new MXH Adapter cards implement a quad SFF-8644 connector which is compliant with the latest MiniSAS-HD and PCI SIG External cable specification 3.0 cables. Cable distances extend to 9 meters with copper cables and 100 meters with fiber optic cables. The quad SFF-8644 creates four ports that can be aggregated into a single x16 port for a 128 GT/s data link to remote systems or partitioned to two x8 ports or four x4 ports.
The MXS824 is the high-end switching component in Dolphin’s new PCI Express Gen3 product family. This 24 port 1U cluster switch delivers 32 GT/s of non-blocking bandwidth per port at ultra low latency. Up to 4 ports can be combined into a single x16 / 128 GT/s port if higher bandwidth is required. Each connection is fully compliant with PCI Express Gen1, Gen2 and Gen3 I/O specifications.
Dolphin’s MXH832 and MXH830 are available now. The MXS824 is available in Q1 2018.