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  • 1. PLX Technology, Inc. Company Overview October 2013 Silicon without Software is Just Sand 1
  • 2. PLX at a Glance Public Company NASDAQ: PLXT, $100M+ Rev., ~58% GM, Profitable Global Enterprise ~155 Employees, Headquartered in USA Design Center in India PCI Express The Market Leader Switches & Bridges Over 70% Market Share and Growing Connectivity USB & PCI Bridges/Controllers Storage Controllers, UARTs Market Leading Customers IBM, Dell, HP, Oracle, Cisco, EMC, NEC NetApp, Fujitsu, Huawei, ZTE, Asus Fabless Model TSMC Partner with Designs and Production at 40nm October 2013 2
  • 3. PLX Connectivity Solutions PCI Express Move, Control and Store PCI Express Switches & Bridges Data Center/Cloud Connectivity USB & PCI Bridges,/Controllers Storage Controllers, UARTs Embedded & Consumer ….Connecting Everything Else Supporting other standards….USB, PCI, SATA October 2013 3
  • 4. PLX PCI Express Solutions  Proven Shipments  ~$335M  ~100M Ports  All top Enterprise accounts  New Gen3 Switches Storage  12 to 96 Lanes • 12 in production • Plus 7 more sampling Networking Server Embedded  Long Product Life PC/ Consumer  8+ years October 2013 4
  • 5. Growing Data Center/Cloud  PLX’s Largest Market  ~75% of PCI Express Sales  Fast Growing Market  Spend – Over $450B  Cloud Traffic – 66% CAGR  Storage – 42% CAGR Data Center/Cloud  Trends Driving New PLX Opportunities  Virtualization & Convergence  PCIe SSD Adoption  Mega Data Centers Being Built Growing TAM Sources: Intel, Cisco, IDC, Linley, PLX Estimates October 2013 5
  • 6. Customers Serving Cloud/Data Center Servers First Market that Developed for Switches Storage All Market Leaders Using PLX PCIe Products Largest Market Growth & Attach Rate Switches & Routers Control Plane Standard Other Cloud Leaders requested not to be listed October 2013 6
  • 7. Storage in the Cloud/Data Center I/O Fan-out, Redundancy & Backplane Large Switches with PLX added features used throughout Enterprise Storage Systems. Represents most of the storage revenue today in the pie chart below.  Total Storage Doubling Every Two Years  Standard Bus for Market Leaders  Storage Systems & HBAs/CNAs Storage Storage Largest Market Growth & Attach Rate Networking Server Embedded October 2013 PC/ Consumer 7
  • 8. SSD Storage in the Cloud/Data Center Solid State Storage (SSD) PCIe is interface of choice for the Fast Growing Enterprise Flash SSDs Market. Replacing Hard Drives….driving a need for many PCIe Switch Ports. Growth Opportunity.  Switches used to create connectivity for SSD drives & cards ….need lots of ports.  Switches used in multiple controller card designs  2-3X per year Growth  PLX adding features to support Sources: IDC, Gartner Phase 1: Switch used as Expander like SAS Expander. Phase 2: Adds ExpressFabric IO Sharing allowing SSD Sharing. October 2013 8
  • 9. Networking in the Cloud Control Plane High Port Count PCI Express Switches used to control the Network Fabric  Standard Method for Market Leaders  Many Designs Still to Ramp  7-10 Year Life Spans  New Designs Gen2 & Gen3 Network Interface Cards and Host Bus Adapters Used to support multiple fabric controllers or as a bridge to PCIe Gen3 (in 2 port mode)  10G Ethernet NICs  Fibre Channel & InfiniBand  Used by Market Leaders October 2013 9
  • 10. Servers in the Cloud/Data Center Backplanes Large switches replacing proprietary costly legacy backplanes.  Leverage PCIe Performance & Low Cost Structure I/O Fan-out/Expansion  High-End & Blades Increases I/O slots & end points  One of the first markets for Switches  All Top Servers Suppliers  PCIe SSDs driving need for more slots/ports  Storage Servers GPGPU Computing Large switches connecting to multiple PCIe GPUs  Leverages PCIe Switch ability to connect many GPUs together October 2013 10
  • 11. ExpressFabric Quick Overview “Outside the Box” ExpressFabric - PCIe as the Fabric within the Rack - Rack Scale Integration October 2013 11
  • 12. Today’s Data Center Rest of Data Center/Cloud Multiple Fabrics Currently in Data Center Ethernet, Fibre Channel & InfiniBand  Drives need for Multiple NICs, Switches and Cabling Structures  Power Hungry NIC/LOM on Each Server  High Power, Cost and Latency Use of 1U Server “Pizza” Boxes Squeeze as many CPUs in Rack  Lower Cost Generic Boxes  Each must be networked Server Racks with Top of Row Switches October 2013 12
  • 13. Today’s Data Center Rack Storage Multiple Fabrics 1-3 Switches Networking CPU/Host LOM/NIC Ethernet LOM/NIC CPU/Host HBA LOM/NIC CPU/Host HBA LOM/NIC CPU/Host “Bridging” Devices NICs, HBAs, HCAs, etc. $50 to $500 Each 5-8+ Watts Each LOM = LAN on Motherboard (Ethernet) NIC = Network Interface Card (Ethernet) HBA = Host Bus Adapter (Fibre Channel) HCA = Host Channel Adapter (Infiniband) HBA LOM/NIC CPU/Host HBA PCI Express CPU/Host PCI Express Already available in Every Box HBA Fibre Channel October 2013 13
  • 14. ExpressFabric® Rack Scale Integration Shared I/O to Drop Costs & Power Pushes the Network to Top of Rack with PCie…..Removing Costly NICs/HBAs Each Host believes they still have a dedicated NIC as before Summary Converged Fabric HBA ExpressFabric ~½ the Cost Switch NIC PCI Express ~½ the Power PCI Express CPU/Host Retimer CPU/Host Switch CPU/Host Retimer CPU/Host Retimer PCI Express CPU/Host Retimer LOM = LAN on Motherboard (Ethernet) NIC = Network Interface Card (Ethernet) HBA = Host Bus Adapter (Fibre Channel) HCA = Host Channel Adapter (Infiniband) High Performance Low Latency 32Gbs Links (x4) Scalable to - 64G (x8) - 128G (x16) Copper & Optical Simple ~ $5 & ~ 1 Watt PCIe Retimers PCI Express CPU/Host* Fraction of the Cost & Power of NICs, LOMs, HBAs * Placement of the CPU may eliminate need for retimer in some designs dropping costs and power further October 2013 14
  • 15. PLX ExpressFabric Demo PLX ExpressFabric Top of Rack Switch PLX ExpressFabric Top of Rack Switch connected to multiple servers via PCI Express  Shown at IDF, Sept 2013 & will be at SuperComputing, Nov. 2013 October 2013 15
  • 16. Comparison Chart – 10GE & IB QDR Power/Gbps (w) Cost/Gbps ($) Ethernet $18.0 1.40 $16.0 1.20 $14.0 1.00 $12.0 $10.0 0.80 $8.0 0.60 $6.0 0.40 $4.0 0.20 $2.0 $- 0.00 ExpressFabric 10GE SPF+ 10GE LOM ExpressFabric 10GE LOM Power/Gbps (w) Cost/Gbps ($) $12.0 Infiniband 10GE SPF+ 0.35 $10.0 0.30 0.25 $8.0 0.20 $6.0 0.15 $4.0 0.10 $2.0 0.05 $ExpressFabric IB QDR 0.00 SFP+ = Small Form Factor Pluggable Connector (Direct Attached) IB QDR = Infiniband Quad Data Rate LOM = LAN on Motherboard (Ethernet) ExpressFabric October 2013 IB QDR 16
  • 17. ExpressFabric® Rack Scale Integration Shared I/O Box No longer needs to have Switch at Top of Rack PCIe Switch Box HBA Serving the Rack Can be in any location NIC ExpressFabric Switch Flash Flash Flash Flash Flash Flash Flash Flash GPU GPU GPU GPU GPU GPU GPU GPU GPU uS uS uS uS uS uS uS uS uS CPU/Host SSD Controller SSD Controller PCI Express Switch Switch Enables Shared SSD Storage PCIe offers the Highest Performance & Low Latency GPGPU Computing PCIe is Standard for GPUs Switch uS Retimer Microservers PCIe as Future Fabric GPGPU = General Purpose Graphic Processing Unit (non graphics application) Microserver = Use of multiple smaller & lower power October 2013 CPUs (like ARM) in a server rather than Intel Xeon x86 type SSD = Solid State Drive = Flash Memory 17
  • 18. ExpressFabric Co-Exists  ExpressFabric Rack Scale Deployment will co-exist with other interconnects  InfiniBand in High Performance Computing (HPC)  Ethernet as Backbone Ethernet October 2013 PCI Express PCI Express PCI Express InfiniBand InfiniBand Ethernet 18
  • 19. Developing ExpressFabric® Ecosystem PLX Silicon (our core IP) High Lane Count Gen 3 Supporting the ExpressFabric, Clustering with Shared I/O & Host-to-Host Communications PLX System Products (accelerate adoption) ExpressFabric Switches Adapter Cards/NICs Copper & Optical Cabling Options PLX Software (enable) Minimizes Learning Curve to Deploy ExpressFabric by Leverages Existing Software for InfiniBand & Ethernet - Plug & Play - Management of Switch for Fabric & Shared I/O - Drivers for Host/Servers October 2013 19
  • 20. ExpressFabric Objectives  Focus Initially on  Volume Server Applications Open to Superior New Solutions • Mega Data Centers  Storage Systems (SSDs & move to PCIe already)  Lowest Price/Performance (per Gbps)  Target: 25%->50% lower than 10GE or InfiniBand  Lowest Power  Target: 25%->50% lower than 10GE or InfiniBand October 2013 20
  • 21. Summary - Trends Driving Opportunity Trend Impact Virtualization More Efficient Servers Driving I/O Bandwidth up 32G ExpressFabric Multi-Core CPUs More Powerful Servers Driving I/O Bandwidth Up 32G ExpressFabric SSD Growth PCI Express I/O of Choice PCI Express Switches New Mega Centers for Cloud Services/Social Networks Pursuing New Technologies to Increase Performance, Reduce Power & Costs. Legacy not as Important. ExpressFabric within the Rack & 10G for rest of Network October 2013 21
  • 22. PCI Express Addressable Market $ Millions (SAM) ExpressFabric “Outside the Box” Systems & Switches PCI Express “Inside the Box” Switches & Bridges Shown as SAM. Actual TAM is in the $B’s for total PCI Express Switching and Bridging (on CPUs/Chip Sets) and ExpressFabric (outside the box in data center/cloud) with silicon and systems. PLX Estimates. Based on customer feedback, the ExpressFabric silicon will be used in many applications beyond the Top of Rack example and will drive demand for other standard switches. October 2013 22
  • 23. Commitment to PCIe in Data Center  New Opportunities Developing Needing more Investment  and company needs to get back to profitability  Steps Taken….  PLX Divested the Consumer Storage & Networking (10G) Teams….to focus on the fast growing PCI Express Business  No New Consumer Storage or 10G Products  Developing an Ecosystem for the ExpressFabric  Data Center Solutions October 2013 23
  • 24. PCI Express PCI Express Data Center of Tomorrow Storage PCI Express PCI Express PCI Express PCI Express PCI Express End-of-Row Switches Servers Racks with Top-of-Rack Switches October 2013 24
  • 25. PCIe Beyond the Data Center PCI Express Move, Control and Store Motherboards & Expansion Cards Multi GPU Graphic Cards PCI Express Switches & Bridges Instrumentation Connectivity USB & PCI Bridges,/Controllers Storage Controllers, UARTs MFP Printers Embedded & Consumer ….Connecting Everything Else Supporting other standards….USB, PCI, SATA October 2013 25
  • 26. PCI Express in Consumer Dual Graphic Cards Supports two GPUs on Single Card  Market Leaders  High End Gaming Market  Lower Cost, Basic Switch Used  Ramping in Gen3 Desktops, Notebooks, All in Ones  Replaced Switches previously built by AMD & Nvidia Fan-out to additional peripherals/storage (TB, SSD), multiple GPU slots, lower power by shifting CPU type and ease of data transfer. Not a focus area but can produce revenue opportunity at times.  Market Leaders  Feature differentiation  Gen2 and Gen3 October 2013 26
  • 27. PCI Express in Consumer - Motherboards PC Motherboards Small switches for fan-out to additional peripherals and larger for x16 GPU slots.  Market Leaders  High End Motherboards  Gen 2 and Gen 3  Expect record year in 2012 October 2013 27
  • 28. PCI Express in Embedded Multi-Function Printers & Set Top Boxes Switches for fan-out and bridges for USB 3.0 Connectivity  Japan, Korea and USA  Mid to High End Models  Gen2 & Gen 3 Switches  USB 3.0 to PCIe Device Bridges Industrial Appliances Instrumentation CPU and DSP based platforms using Switches & Bridges Multiple switches used for backplane and cards  TI DSP Cards  Gen2 & Gen3  Market Leader  Use Feature-Packed Switches  Gen2 and Gen3 October 2013 28
  • 29. …and We Connect Everything Else Connectivity Products Connectivity -USB, PCI, PCI-X, Local Bus, SATA, GigE - USB 3.0 Products in Production USB & PCI Bridges,/Controllers Storage Controllers, UARTs - Controllers, SOCs, Bridges, and UARTs - Backed by PLX Software Drivers & Support - Consumer, Communications & Industrial, Used by Tier 1 Security DVRs Printers External Drives Netbooks Network Drives October 2013 29
  • 30. PLX Innovation & Proven Capabilities  Multiple 40nm Products in Production  High Speed Interconnect Focus  8Gbit PCI Express Gen3  5Gbit USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet  Up to 70 Million Gate Designs  Fully Non-Blocking switches moving 400Gbps of data  …..and the Software to make it come to life October 2013 30
  • 31. PLX PCIe History & Track Record       2001:  Started investing in PCI Express technology 2004-2005:  Sampled 1st PCIe Switch (32 Lanes, 8 Ports)  Company’s 1st PCIe Bridge introduced 2006-2007:  2nd and 3rd Generation Switch Architecture  Industry’s 1st control plane PCIe switch  Sampled industry’s broadest Gen2 Switch Offering  Shipped our 1st millionth PCI Express chip & Crossed the $50M revenue mark 2008-2009:  Introduced Gen2 DMA Switches; Control Plane Switches; Low Lane Count Switches  Introduced & Sampled Multicast and Multi-Root Switches  Introduced & sampled world’s largest PCI Express switch at 96 Lanes & 24 Ports  More than 5M units and $100M Shipped in PCI Express 2010-2011:  World’s First PCI Express Gen3 Switch Silicon Sampling  1st Million Unit Quarter, 10M units and $200M Shipped  World’s Lowest Cost Switch Introduced  Expanded Gen3 Family Ramps to Production  15M units and 50M Ports Shipped 2012-2013:  Industry-Leading 18 PCIe Gen3 Switches from 12 to 96 Lanes  Live public demos of ExpressFabric  +85M Ports shipped, First $20M Quarter Achieved in PCIe October 2013 31
  • 32. PLX Software Brings Solutions to Life Time to Market PLX visionPAKTM provides unique visibility into its devices allowing customers to debug issues in hours or days which would have taken months without Unique Features to Differentiate PLX USB Duet Software Solution allows tablet suppliers to offer a suite of additional capabilities including a quick & easy Sync with any other computer. Increased Performance & Security PLX Software Enable NAS & DAS solutions produce maximum performance & security without just throwing more silicon at it producing the most competitive end products Much more to Come With ExpressFabric Silicon without Software is Just Sand October 2013 32
  • 33. Technology, Supply & Quality  Solid Relationships with State of the Art Foundries  TSMC @ 40nm -180nm • Multiple Working 40nm Products  Seiko Epson  Leading ASIC Vendors  Renesas  Fujitsu  Samsung  Quality & Execution Driven  ISO 9001 (see Quality/Reliability Website for more info) October 2013 33
  • 34. PLX Drives Interoperability  PLX Drives Interoperability to Assure our Devices Work in a Broad Variety of Systems  Identify & Eliminate Issues… faster time-to-market  Proactive Compliance Testing  Rigorous Simulation, Verification, Pre-Silicon Emulation, Post-Silicon Validation, System Interoperability  PCI-SIG, USB-IF, WHQL  Reports Published on Website October 2013 34
  • 35. Experienced PLX Management Team  Seasoned, Stable, Lean Management Team  Over 140 years of semiconductor experience  Average experience at senior exec level: 12+ years  Average time with PLX: 8+ years • No exec with less than 4 years with PLX David Raun President & CEO Art Whipple CFO Vijay Meduri EVP Engineering Gene Schaeffer EVP Worldwide Sales October 2013 Mike Grubisich EVP Operations 35
  • 36. Product Overview Brief Overview of the Product Families & Applications Silicon without Software is Just Sand 36
  • 37. PLX Product Families  ExpressLane™ PCIe Series  PCI Express Switches & Bridges  ExpressFabric®  Connected Home  Consumer Storage SoCs and Media Controllers  NAS (network attached storage)  DAS (direct attached storage)  Serial Bridges & UARTs  PCI Express, PCI and USB  NetChip™ Series  USB to PCI & Generic/Local Bus Devices/Bridges  USB Duet®  I/O Accelerator™ Series  Generic/Local Bus to PCI Bridges  FastLane® Series  PCI and PCI-X Bridges October 2013 37
  • 38. ExpressLane™ PCIe Switches  Broadest Offering     Gen3, Gen2, Gen1 Available Now 3 to 96 PCIe Lanes 3 to 24 Flexible Ports x1 to x16 Port Configurations  Valuable Features PEX 8500 PEX 8600 PEX 8700 18 Gen3 Switches Available Now  Industry’s Lowest Latency & Highest Performance  2 Non-Transparent Ports for Dual Hosts/Failover  Supports Multi-Hosts/Roots (up to 8)  DMA, Read Pacing, Multicast, Dynamic Buffer Allocation, SSC Isolation  True Peer-to-Peer & Fan-Out Capabilities  Up to 2 Virtual Channels  Unique System/Chip Debug Tools  Industry’s Lowest Power & Smallest Packages October 2013 38
  • 39. ExpressLane™ PCI Express Bridges  PCI-to-PCI Express  32-Bit PCI (66 MHz)  x1 PCIe PCI or PCI-X  PCI-X to PCI Express  64-Bit PCI-X (133 MHz)  x4 PCIe PEX 8100 Series  Additional Features  Forward & Reverse  Low Power  Small Packages Also: USB 3.0 to PCI Express Bridges Available October 2013 39
  • 40. Local Bus to PCI Express Bridge  Generic Local to PCI Express  32-Bit Local (up to 66 MHz)  x1 PCIe 32-Bit Generic Local  Local Bus Modes  Non-Multiplexed 32-Bit address/data (C Mode)  Multiplexed 32-Bit address/data (J-Mode)  Big Endian (M-Mode) PEX 8300 Series  Root Complex & End Point Modes  2 DMA Channels October 2013 40
  • 41. USB 3.0 Bridges & Controllers  Device Controller/Bridge  PCI Express  USB 3.0  Available  With 1 or 2 PCIe Ports USB 3000 Series  Available Today October 2013 41
  • 42. USB 2.0 Bridges & Controllers  Bridge Local Bus to USB  8- and 16-Bit Local  USB 2.0 Hi-Speed PCI or Local Bus NET 2000 Series  Bridge PCI to USB  32-Bit, 33 and 66 MHz  USB 2.0 Hi-Speed  Integrated DMA Channels  Industry Leader  Highest Performance  Lowest Power  Smaller Package  USB-IF Certified October 2013 42
  • 43. Generic/Local Bus to PCI Bridges Local & Generic Bus C/J/M bus  Local/Generic Bus  C-Mode: • Generic, 32-bit address/data, non-muxed  J-Mode: • Generic, 32-bit address/data, muxed  M-Mode: PCI 9000 Series PCI Bus • PowerPC™ PowerQUICC™ • ISA Bus  8-, 16-, and 32-Bit  PCI Bus  32 and 64-Bit  33 and 66 MHz  Available as:  Bus Master I/O Accelerators with DMA  Slave Devices October 2013 43
  • 44. FastLane® PCI and PCI-X Bridges  PCI to PCI Bridges  32 and 64-Bit PCI Bus • 33 and 66 MHz  64-Bit PCI-X Bus • 133 MHz  Enhanced Features  Asynchronous  Non-Transparent • Multi-Host Systems  Higher Performance  Large Buffer Sizes  Smart Prefetch PCI Bus PCI 6000 Series PCI Bus  Smaller Packages  Lower Power Consumption  5V Tolerant I/O October 2013 44
  • 45. UARTs / Serial Bridges  A Serial Bridge connects a UART device to a different I/O type  Provides spec-compliant connection between devices with different I/O standards  PLX Serial Bridges provide the Proven Connection  Very mature silicon all in production  Millions of units shipped worldwide  PCI-SIG certified for Spec Compliance on SIG Integrator’s List UART Port Parallel Port Local Bus Bridge Conceptual Drawing, not every possible option available currently from PLX October 2013 45
  • 46. Direct Attached Storage (DAS)  Bridge USB, FireWire or eSATA to SATA  Single, dual and quad disk solutions  Options for secure personal storage systems OX 93x OX 94x Series  Best-in-class performance  Integrated hardware RAID  Architecture optimised for DAS  32-bit processor for customer differentiation  Robust application specific firmware  Quality confirmed  Standards compliant  Broadest interoperability  Microsoft DTS verified October 2013 46
  • 47. Thank you Visit plxtech.com for more information Silicon without Software is Just Sand 47