PS8925 – PCI Express Gen 4 16Gbps 4-Lane Retimer

The PS8925 is a bidirectional, 4-lane retimer (using a total of 8 data channels) that supports PCIe (PCI Express) Gen 4, with data rates up to 16Gbps.  It is ideal for applications such as workstations and enterprise data center systems including storage and servers.

As a retimer, the PS8925 removes unwanted and potentially error-inducing signal distortion introduced by cross-talk or system noise, or from physical interface loss including PCIe interconnect cables, PCB traces, and connectors.  The device enhances data transmission reliability and enables longer PCIe interconnect cables and/or PCB traces, enabling system scalability.

Key Features

  • PCI Express 4.0 spec compliant retimer
  • Supports PCI Express operation at 2.5Gbps, 5Gbps, 8 Gbps and 16Gbps
  • Supports 4 bidirectional lanes using 8 differential channels
  • Low power consumption
  • No heat sink required for operation
  • Adaptive CTLE and DFE equalizers compensate up to 30dB channel loss at 8GHz
  • Two configurable modes of operation
    • FPR – Full Protocol Retimer
    • PABR – Protocol Aware Bit-level Retimer
  • Near Zero Latency technology (ultra low latency) in PABR mode
  • Per-channel voltage and timing margining
  • Supports dynamic link configuration; Single Link 1×1, 1×2, 1×4; Dual links 2×1, 2×2
  • Autonomous segmented link training in FPR mode
  • Supports SRIS/SRNS systems
  • Supports lane reversal and hot plug
  • Supports SMBus configuration and external EEPROM configuration loading
  • 14 selectable addresses for SMBus control
  • Supports power saving states; L1 (standby) and L1PM (sleep)
  • Supports JTAG debug port; Follows IEEE 1149.1 & IEEE 1149.6
  • 0.9V and 1.8V power supplies
  • 5.5mm x 10mm 146-ball BGA package
  • -40 to +85 deg. C operating temperature range

Applications

  • Servers
  • Data Centers and Storage
  • Workstations