Microsemi Announces Open Source Switchtec PCIe Switch Linux Drivers Enabling Rapid, Open Development of High Reliability PCIe Switching Solutions
Microsemi Corp., a provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced the availability of its Switchtec PCIe switch Linux drivers and software utilities to the open source community. Breaking away from proprietary, vendor-specific drivers, systems built with Microsemi’s Switchtec PCIe switches can now provide out-of-the-box support for a wide range of applications including data center, enterprise storage, server, communications, defense and industrial systems.
“Open collaboration and sharing of technology are key to fostering innovation and rapid system development,” said Derek Dicker, vice president and business unit manager for performance storage at Microsemi. “By offering open source Linux drivers and open hardware designs in collaboration with Facebook and the Open Compute Project (OCP), Microsemi enables customers to harness the power of distributed peer review and transparency to develop high reliability, high performance systems at an accelerated pace and lower cost.”
Microsemi has been collaborating with Facebook, the Open Compute Project (OCP) and other industry leaders as ongoing support builds for open collaboration and innovation.
According to market research firm IDC’s report titled, “Worldwide Solid State Drive Forecast, 2015-2019,” the industry is transitioning toward PCIe-based solid state drives (SSDs), with these devices estimated to be more than 40 percent of enterprise SSD revenue by 2019. With target applications including PCIe SSD enclosures, flash arrays, multi-host architectures and high density and blade servers, Microsemi’s Switchtec PCIe switches are engineered to scale PCIe flash in high performance data center applications, providing high reliability PCIe with advanced error containment capabilities, the industry’s most flexible port bifurcation and lowest power, and the industry’s highest port and NTB density.
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