updated 08:20 pm EST, Wed January 16, 2008
Magma on Wednesday announced ExpressBox7, an external PCI Express expansion product for for desktop computers. ExpressBox7 provides an easy solution for attaching up to seven PCI Express cards to a desktop or server through a x8 PCI Express slot, which is available on most new PC desktop/servers and the Apple MacPro. The Magma Expressbox7 is a PCI Express-to-PCI Express Expansion chassis system for expanding the available PCI Express slots of workstations and servers. The solution provides 7 full-length PCI Express slots in a stand alone chassis with its own power supply. The PCI Express slots are equipped to be hot swappable, according to the company.
"This chassis allows the flexibility to seamlessly expand I/O capabilities of servers and workstations utilizing the built-in transparency of PCI Express architecture," the company said.
The PCI Express expansion system is automatically configured by the System BIOS making all of the slots transparent to the host computer. it includes a PCI Express Host Card, a 1-meter cable and a chassis (including a 400W power supply) and is available for $2800.