A clientadapter – plugged into the upstream port of a backplane (Gen2 or Gen3) – is connected via the host adapter to a free PCIe slot in the host system.
The client adapter X8 supports 8 PCIe Gen3 lines which are connected via 4 Mini Display port cables (2 lanes each) to the host adapter.
A jumper can be used to select whether the cabling is inside (e.g., Case #2) or outside (Case #3, Case #4) of a case.
With Digital Devices cables, the optimal setting in the host and client adapters is done automatically.
Cable lengths from 0.5 – 7 m are possible.
There is a Low Profile and a Full Profile slot bracket available.
|Achievable data rates||Cable 1||Cable 2||Cable 3+4|
|PCIe Generation1||5 Gbit/s||10 Gbit/s||20 Gbit/s|
|PCIe Generation2||10 Gbit/s||20 Gbit/s||40 Gbit/s|
|PCIe Generation3||16 Gbit/s||32 Gbit/s||64 Gbit/s|
Note: The PCIe specification only provides for PCIe x1 as a mandatory fallback option.