Marvell's purpose-built port extender solution

Prestera PX

The Marvell® Prestera® 98PX1012 is a purpose-built port extender device leveraging the industry standard IEEE 802.1BR.  Termed PIPE, these passive intelligent port extenders offer a modular approach and an optimized solution to enabling a diversity of port densities and speeds, the 98PX1012 allows customers to easily adapt to various port speeds through multiple configurations.  

While existing solutions are designed with a generic switch device that is scaled down to a port extender device, the 98DX1012 is optimized in terms of power, cost and simplification to meet the port-extender requirements.

Marvell’s Prestera PX family also introduces innovative ways to reduce Top-of-Rack (ToR) port configurations by replacing a switch with PIPE devices. This in turn saves power and lowers the cost of maintaining and upgrading systems.

Key Features

  • Ability to economically scale-down to a few ports
  • Support of multiple Ethernet speeds 10G/40G and 25G/50G/100G
  • Port extender optimized device leveraging the industry standard IEEE 802.1BR
  • 64B min packet wire speed
  • 16 MACs (4x25, 12x10)
  • Flexible parser and programmable header modification
  • Flow control propagation (QCN, PFC)
  • Shared Data path and buffer
  • Cut Through Fast to Slow/ Store & Forward slow to fast
  • Remote management using an integrated processor
  • Link Aggregation Groups
  • Interfaces: PCIe, SMI, XSMI, SPI, I2C
  • Supports 2 power rails (1.8v,1v)
  • Package 17x17 mm FCBGA

Target Applications

  • Aggregation of storage servers, compute micro servers
  • 10GbE ports extensions of a central high-density 100GbE-port switches
  • Fanout of 10GbE and 40GbE port speeds of 100GbE ports
  • Ethernet Port speed conversion 10GbE, 40GbE to 25GbE, 50GbE, 100GbE
  • Passive Top-of-rack for 10G serves and 100G uplinks: 48x10G + 4x100G

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