Intel launches line card switching chip

Intel Corp. launched the LXT3008 Protection Interface Unit (PIU), a chip for telecommunications providers that allows an active connection on a line card to be switched from one port to another when a port failure occurs without losing the connection, the company announced Tuesday.

Line cards are circuit boards that plug into telecommunications switches, providing a transmitting-receiving port.

One LXT3008 PIU can replace up to 32 electro-mechanical relays, which is the relay used on most current telecommunications line cards, the company said in a statement. The chip is designed for cards that support mission critical services, by adding increased reliability, while decreasing the power consumption, switching noise and cost to the service provider.

The LXT3008 is available now for sampling, and will be available for production in May, for US$19.80 each in 1,000 piece quantities.

Intel, based in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-987-8080 or

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