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PLX Enables High-Performance PCI Express on ASRock's Flagship X79 Graphics Platform

Optimized Package Ideal for Cost-Conscious Consumer Market (December 21, 2011)

SUNNYVALE, CA and TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- (Marketwire) -- 12/21/11 -- PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), the leader in high-speed connectivity solutions for the enterprise and the home, and leading motherboard maker ASRock Inc. (3515: TT) today announced PLX's ExpressLane™ PEX8605 switch is providing the high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) interconnect on ASRock's new flagship X79 Extreme9 motherboard. The integrated PLX® PCIe switch connects the Intel-based x79 processor and other endpoints to five PCIe Gen3-ready expansion slots for unparalleled performance and flexibility, satisfying bandwidth-hungry graphics requirements such as extreme gaming and Adobe Photoshop.

"Our X79 Extreme9 motherboards, supported PLX PCI Express switches, were designed to deliver a premium experience for gamers and high-end graphics," said James Lee, ASRock vice president of sales and marketing. "PLX has again provided a perfect match for our cutting-edge Extreme9 design with unmatched performance and scalability, while housed in an ideal package."

"PLX is once again delivering superior high-performance PCI Express fan-out capabilities to ASRock motherboards," said Gene Schaeffer, vice president of global sales at PLX. "Working closely with the ASRock development team has been instrumental in our understanding of the needs of this exciting market and we look forward to opportunities in its next generation of products."

The PLX ExpressLane PEX8605 (four lanes, four ports) Gen2 switch offers very low power requirements (down to 0.6W typical) due to its high-efficiency power management feature designed to meet the difficult power constraints of battery- and bus-powered applications. In addition, PLX has integrated reference clocks into the device, which in turn sheds the requirement for multiple external clock and timing ICs, thereby reducing the number of vendors and overall bill-of-material (BOM) costs.


PLX is the world's number-one supplier of PCIe switching solutions, with a commanding 68 percent market share due to its superior technology and first-to-market leadership. With an available portfolio ranging from PCIe Gen1, Gen2 and industry-first, production-ready Gen3 devices, PLX today offers more than 40 highly configurable, low-power, low-latency PCIe switches backed by elite productivity- and performance-enhancing free development software.

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About PLX Technology
PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), based in Sunnyvale, Calif., USA, is an industry-leading global provider of semiconductor-based connectivity solutions primarily targeting the enterprise and consumer markets. The company develops innovative software-enriched silicon that enables product differentiation, reliable interoperability and superior performance. www.plxtech.com. Follow PLX on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About ASRock Inc.
ASRock Inc. was established in 2002, with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan and branches in Europe and the USA. ASRock specializes in the field of motherboards and has become the world's third largest motherboard brand. The young and vibrant company targets both mainstream and enthusiast motherboard segments, with a reputation around the world market for its reliability and proficiency.

PLX Technology, the PLX Technology logo and ExpressLane are trademarks or registered trademarks of PLX Technology, Inc. All other product names that appear in this material are for identification purposes only and are acknowledged to be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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