Unigen Corporation today announced the availability of its PCIe Gen 4 Switch Evaluation Kit (EVK) based on Microchip’s industry-leading SwitchtecTM product. The “Mahogany” EVK was developed in close collaboration with Microchip and is targeted for low-lane count applications. The evaluation board supports up to 52 lanes in a PCIe Gen 4 add-in card form factor and can enable fanout testing for a variety of systems including enterprise servers and storage, industrial servers, networking equipment, video production & broadcasting equipment, and test & instrumentation equipment.

In addition to the evaluation board, the EVK ships with the necessary cables, screws/standoffs and User Guide to enable a simple out-of-the-box test environment. The low-lane count EVK is intended to supplement Microchip’s Switchtec offerings, and is fully compatible with the partner’s suite of software and test tools, such as ChipLink, a convenient and easy-to-use GUI that provides access to all hardware functions and status information.


Unigen also offers design customization services should a customer require modifications prior to production. When coupled with their industry-leading contract manufacturing capabilities, Unigen is able to offer a full turnkey service that is unmatched in the industry.

Pricing and Availability

The Mahogany EVK (ordering part number UPSAB09A3F1I-UGN) is available exclusively through Future Electronics to qualified customers. Pricing for the kit is $995. Please visit the Mahogany product page for more information:


“Unigen is the perfect collaboration partner to offer a specialized evaluation board for our low-lane count switches for Microchip’s Switchtec product line,” said Krishna Mallampati, Associate Director of Marketing and Applications at Microchip. “Not only are they well known for their world-class contract manufacturing services, but they also provide the design expertise required to enable customers for success.”

“Microchip’s Switchtec family offers an excellent solution for Gen 4 port expansion, multi-host applications, as well as adapting to multiple PCIe lane width and speed configurations,” said Richard Interrante, Director of the Future Intelligent Solutions specialist team at Future Electronics. “Unigen’s low-cost Mahogany board combined with the support of advanced networking specialists at Future Electronics provide our Switchtec customers with the tools and engineering assistance needed to ensure a successful path to production.”

“We are excited to be partnering with both Microchip and Future Electronics on the rollout of Mahogany,” said Paul Heng, President and CEO of Unigen. “This new PCIe switch offering is a good example of Unigen’s capability to expand our product portfolio beyond our expertise in storage and memory to now include enterprise IO.”

About Unigen Corporation
Unigen, founded in 1991, is an established global leader in the design and manufacture of original and custom SSD, DRAM, NVDIMM modules and Enterprise IO solutions. Headquartered in Newark, California, the company operates state of the art manufacturing facilities (ISO-9001/14001/13485 and IATF 16949) in the Silicon Valley Bay Area of California and near Hanoi Vietnam, along with 5 additional engineering and support facilities located around the globe.  Unigen markets its products to both enterprise and client OEMs worldwide focused on embedded, industrial, networking, server, telecommunications, imaging, automotive and medical device industries. Unigen also offers best in class electronics manufacturing services (EMS), including new product introduction and volume production, supply chain management, assembly & test, TaaS (Test-as-a-Service) and post-sales support.

Learn more about Unigen’s products and services at unigen.com.

About Microchip
Microchip Technology Incorporated is a leading provider of smart, connected and secure embedded control solutions. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs, which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company’s solutions serve more than 122,000 customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

For more information, visit the Microchip website at microchip.com.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, recognized for providing customers with global supply chain solutions, custom-tailored engineering services and a very extensive variety of electronic components. Founded by Robert G. Miller in 1968, Future Electronics believes its 5500 employees are its greatest asset, with 170 offices in 44 countries. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with a unified IT infrastructure that delivers real-time inventory availability and access to customers. With the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer®.

For more information, visit FutureElectronics.com.