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One Stop Systems Launches PCI Express x16 Gen 2 Cable Adapter

February 25, 2009

One Stop Systems (OSS), a manufacturer of industrial-grade computing systems and components, has just launched its PCI Express (PCIe) x16 Gen 2 host cable adapter, enabling high-speed expansion over a PCIe cable from a host system at 80Gb/s to a PCIe downstream device or expansion chassis.

Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Express is a computer expansion card standard used in mainstream personal computers. It is used in consumer, server, and industrial applications, in the form of a motherboard-level interconnect and as an expansion card interface for add-in boards. One Stop Systems has created a niche in the industry by introducing its line of PCI Express-based products.
According to the company officials, the newly launched PCIe x16 cable adapter provides greater bandwidth for applications demanding high-speed throughput such as video, imaging and audio devices and requires no additional software or drivers to operate.
The PCIe x16 Gen 2 host cable adapter is based on ReDriver technology, which enables optimal system stability at high speeds. No additional switches are involved, thus there are no latency obstacles to throughput. The product can be installed in any space-constrained slot and can be fitted with standard height or half height slot brackets.
"Gen 2 silicon, readily available today, doubles the speed of data transfers. The PCIe x16 Gen 2 cable adapter provides throughput up to 80Gb/s from the host system to a downstream device or expansion system." said Steve Cooper, chief executive officer at One Stop Systems.
"One Stop Systems is widely known as the prominent provider of PCI Express products to the embedded market. OEMs look to us not only for our off-the-shelf components and systems but also for custom and semi-custom variations of these products, " added Cooper.
The PCIe x16 cable connector on the slot bracket and the PCIe x16 edge connector are routed directly to the Pericom 5804 ReDriver chip. In host mode, the add-in card will accept a clock as an input. In target mode, the add-in card will drive a clock.
One Stop Systems also mentioned that a target version is available to be used with the OSS 2-slot Gen 2 backplane (OSS-PCIe-BP-2000) which can be cabled to the host version installed in the host system. A PCIe I/O board can be inserted in the second slot of the backplane. The card then operates on the PCIe bus as a component of the host system.
Moreover, the PCIe x16 expansion system offers a x16 cable expansion from an upstream host, providing Gen 2 I/O expansion to four PCIe Gen 2 expansion slots. The expansion system will also support all Gen 1 speeds.
The PCIe x16 host cable adapter is available for $899 (P/N OSS-PCIe-HIB25-x16-H; OSS-PCIe-HIB25-x16-T). The company’s statement also clarified that OEM quantities can be quoted on request.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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