SAN DIEGO, Dec. 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Magma, an innovative and visionary developer of PCI and PCI Express® connectivity products, announces immediate availability of a new Classic PCI expansion chassis, Model PE3R - a three slot PCI expansion solution designed to allow the use of legacy PCI cards with new PCI Express based servers, workstations and even laptops. The 3 Slot PCI Expansion product attaches to the computer through a PCIe host card or an ExpressCard for laptops. It extends PCI signals over a cable to three high-bandwidth PCI slots in the external enclosure that can be rack-mounted. All cards installed in expansion chassis are available to the host system and operate at 64-bit PCI speed.
"PE3R is one of the most compact and versatile expansion solutions on the market today for connecting legacy PCI cards to new computers," says Randy Jones, CEO and President at Magma, "Even though newer computers no longer provide legacy PCI slots, some of the most extensive and sophisticated computer installations rely on legacy technologies to operate. Our new PCI expansion chassis solves this problem with three high-speed PCI slots that can be connected to practically any computer in any environment ranging from home or studio to defense and military installations.
PE3R is based on a combination of two existing Magma products, the 2 slot PCI chassis and the 4 slot PCI chassis, resulting in a 3 slot PCI expansion backplane housed in a rack-mountable enclosure with a 550W power supply. The black enclosure can be used on a table top or it can be rack-mounted with the supplied brackets. As a rack-mounted device, PE3R requires only 2U of rack space.
PE3R provides a long-lasting and rock-solid migration path to PCI Express platforms while protecting the customer's investment in legacy PCI hardware. The base unit includes a connection to either a laptop or desktop computer, but additional host cards are available separately.
Pricing and Availability
PE3R is available for $1499 online at Magma or from an authorized worldwide reseller.
Magma develops and manufactures PCI & PCI Express Expansion Systems for servers, desktops and portable platforms. Magma's expansion products extend your system's PCI and PCI Express outside the computer over cable to a chassis containing additional card slots. Magma's ExpressBox line of products includes enclosed and non-enclosed solutions ranging from low-end single slot expansion products to fault-tolerant, highly reliable, available and serviceable (RAS) chassis specifically designed for mission critical environments. Magma is dedicated to providing rock solid expansion products for the most demanding configurations.
Magma products are platform independent, and are used in a variety of industries including audio and video production, test and measurement, medical imaging, surveillance, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, data acquisition, and high performance computing. Magma's team of experienced engineers has been developing expansion and connectivity solutions since 1987. Magma products are assembled in San Diego, CA and go through rigorous certification and quality processes. Magma is the trade name of Mission Technology Group, Inc.
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