MXH530 PCIe 5.0 NTB Host Adapter

PCI Express Gen 5.0 x16 NTB Host Adapter

The MXH530 PCI Express 5.0 NTB Host Adapter is our high performance product. Based on Microchip Switchtec Gen5 PCI Express bridging architecture, the MXH530 host adapter includes advanced features for non-transparent bridging (NTB), DMA operations and clock isolation. The adapter card supports the full Dolphin eXpressWare software stack.

  • One x16 PCIe 5.0 edge port
  • Four x4 PCIe 5.0 Cable ports
  • PCIe 5.0 cables
  • 0.5 microsecond host to host latency
  • Low Profile Design
  • Quad SFF-8644 Connectors
  • Non Transparent Bridging
  • 512 GT/s Performance
  • Full Dolphin Software Stack

Preliminary Product Data

The MXH530 PCI Express Gen 5.0 NTB Host Adapter is our high performance clustering product. Based on Microchip Switchtec® PCIe 5.0 bridging architecture, the MXH530 host adapter includes advanced features for non-transparent bridging (NTB) and clock isolation.

For high performance application developers, the MXH530 host adapter combines 512 GT/s performance with an application to application latency below 500 nanoseconds. Inter-processor communication benefits from the high throughput and low latency. Using the latest SmartIO technology software from Dolphin, GPU / Cuda applications can now stream data to remote GPUs at at the same speed as to local GPUs. Advanced DMA features enables fast data transfers hosts.

Dolphin eXpressWare

The MXH530 card comes with a full license to the Dolphin eXpressWare clustering software. This includes

  • SISCI API - a robust and powerful shared memory programming environment for PCIe
  • Standard TCP/IP drivers
  • SuperSockets socket accelerator software
  • SmartIO - access to remote PCIe devices over PCIe
  • Board management software

Dolphin’s software suite takes advantage of DMA and PIO data transfer scheme to effectively supporting both large and small data transfers. PIO transfers optimize small packet transfers at the lowest latency. DMA moves data with virtually no CPU consumption. The eXpressWare software is currently available for Linux and Windows.

The overall software framework is designed for rapid development and deployment of inter-processor communication systems. More information about Dolphin eXpressWare clustering software.


The MXH530 card has a quad SFF-8644 cable connector and supports the new PCIe 5.0 cables. The MXH530 is carefully designed for maximum cable lengths.More info on cable alternatives for the MXH530 card.


The MXH530 can be used to create several types of PCIe networks:

  • A two node network can be realized using 4 cables (x16). Full PCIe Gen5 x16 performance between the two systems.
  • A three node network can be realized using 2 cables (x8) between each system. Full PCIe Gen 5.0 x8 performance between the three systems.
  • A five node network can be realized using 1 cable (x4) between each system. Full PCIe Gen 5.0 x4 performance between the five systems
  • Larger configurations can be realized with one or more of the MXS524 24 port PCIe Gen5 switch.

Transparent PCIe

In combination with Dolphins eXpressWare, the MXH530 supports surprise hot add when connected to a traditional external IO system. More on Dolphins Hot Add. If you don't need Transparent Hot Add, please select the MXH532 PCIe 5.0 Adapter card.


  • PCI Express® 5.0 compliant - 32.0 GT/s per lane
  • Link compliant with Gen1, Gen2, Gen3, Gen4 PCI Express
  • PCI Express 5.0 cables
  • Quad SFF-8644 x4 PCIe 5.0 NTB cable ports that can be configured as:
    • One - x16 PCI Express port
    • Two - x8 PCI Express ports
    • Four - x4 PCI Express ports
  • RDMA support through DMA, PIO and System DMA
  • Copper Cables
  • Full host Clock isolation support. Automatic support for host running CFC or SSC
  • Non-transparent bridging to cabled PCI Express systems
  • Low profile PCI Express form factor
  • Flash for custom system configuration
  • Link status LEDs through face plate


Feature Description
Link Speeds 128 Gbit/s per port, total 512 Gbit/s
Application Performance Less than 500 nanosecond latency (application to application)
Active Components Microchip Switchtec® PCIe 5.0 Switch
PCI Express®

Base Specification 5.0
Card Electromechanical Specification 5.0
External Cabling Specification Spec 5.0


2 node direct cable
3 - 5 node mesh topology
Switch topologies using MXS524

Cable Port Quad SFF-8644 / Four x4 PCIe 5.0 Ports
Supported cables

PCIe 5.0 cables
PCIe fiber optic cables

Maximum power rating


Typical power rating


Port power supply (per cable port)

VPWR: 3.2V - 3.4V, 0.86A
VMGTPWR: 3.2V - 3.4V, 0.89mA

Mechanical Dimensions Low profile, Half length 167.65mm- (6.6 inches) x 68.90 mm (2.731 inches)
Operating Environment Operating Temperature: 0°C - 55°C (32°F - 131°F)
Airflow : TBD
Relative Humidity: 5% - 95% (non- condensing)
Software SuperSockets™ Berkley Sockets API
Microsoft WinSock2/LSP support
TCP/IP driver
Multicast groups Max 16, default 4
Configuration DIP-Switch
Pending Regulatory approvals

CE Mark
FCC Class A
RoHS compliant
UL94V-0 compliant

Pending Regulatory EMC tests

EN 55032:2012
EN 55035:2017
EN 61000-3-2:2014
EN 61000-3-3:2013
47 CFR Part 15, Subpart B (Clause 15.107 and 15.109) in conjunction with ANSI C63.4:2014
CISPR 35:2016 Edition 1.0 (CISPR/I/412/CDV) Korean Harmonized standard, KN 35

Operating Systems



MXH530 - NTB Host + Dolphin eXpressWare software license

MXH532 - Transparent Host + Transparent Target functionality

Please contact Dolphin for availability of engineering samples. Volume release May 2024.

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