ADLINK Unveils Multi-Slot PCI Express-to-PCI Extension Systems

ADLINK Technology Inc. introduces a new series of multi-slot PCI Express®-to-PCI extension systems: the PCES-8581-4S, offering expandability to four PCI slots, and the PCES-8581-13S, offering expandability to 13 PCI slots. The PCES-8581 series extends 5 V and 3.3 V PCI slots to a PCI Express®-based computer via a cable connection up to 23 feet (7 meters) in length. PCI devices installed in the extension system behave and work as if they are directly installed in the host system and do not require any additional driver or software installation.

Features of the PCES-8581 series include:

  • Expanding the I/O capability of measurement and automation systems beyond the limited number of onboard PCI slots common in host systems
  • Providing a ruggedized extension system that can withstand high temperatures and harsh vibrations so that host systems with a PCI Express® x1 interface can both be located at a safe distance from such environment and directly control remote PCI devices

The PCES-8581-13S and PCES-8581-4S both implement PCI Express®-based control of PCI modules and consist of a PCI Express® extension card installed in the host computer, a shielded cable, and the extension system. The PCI Express® card uses one x1 lane and communicates with the extension system via a shielded twisted copper cable. The extension system (with a PCI extension card) then converts the PCI Express® interface into a PCI bridge in a 32-bit/33 MHz configuration for the additional PCI slots.

Pricing and Availability
Both the PCES-8581-13S and PCES-8581-4S are currently available and are competitively priced at $1,499 and $1,199, respectively, with discounts in volume.

About ADLINK Technology
ADLINK Technology provides a wide range of embedded computing products and services to the communications, industrial automation, test & measurement, gaming, medical, homeland security, and transportation industries. ADLINK products include Industrial Building Blocks and Industrial Application Platforms: ISA, PCI, PXI, and PCI Express-based data acquisition and I/O; vision and motion control; and AdvancedTCA, CompactPCI, PICMG, and COM Express modules for industrial computing. ADLINK strives to minimize the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its customers by providing customization and system integration services, maintaining low manufacturing costs, and extending the lifecycle of its products. ADLINK is a global company with headquarters and manufacturing in Taiwan; R&D and integration in Taiwan, China, and the US; and an extensive network of worldwide sales and support offices. ADLINK is ISO-9001, ISO-14001, and TL9000 certified, is an Associate Member of the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance, an Executive Member of PICMG, and a Sponsor Member of the PXI Systems Alliance. ADLINK is a publicly traded company listed on the TAIEX Taiwan Stock Exchange.