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PCI-X 2.0 qualification tests to start in August

PCI-SIG (Special Interest Group for PCI-X, PCI Conventional and PCI Express), interface standard developer and promoter, informed that PCI-X 2.0 qualification tests are scheduled to Fall 2003, PCI-SIG Compliance Workshop starting these in August 2003.

As you know, PCI-X 2.0 specifications were officially announced in July 2002. PCI-X 2.0 defines two new standard versions: PCI-X 266 and PCI-X 533, provides up to 533 million op/s performance (PCI-X 1.0 defined PCI-X 66 and PCI-X 133 with up to 133 million op/s performance or up to 1Gb/s throughput for 64-bit bus), utilizes DDR and QDR signalling to increase PCI throughput to 2.1Gb/s and 4.3Gb/s, respectively. Special versions of PCI-X 2.0 utilize ECC algorithms. Such throughput will be suitable for Gigabit Ethernet, 10Gbit Fibre Channel, Ultra640 SCSI, Serial Attached SCSI, Serial ATA, 4X Infiniband, RAID and cluster buses.

PCI-X 2.0 has been developed by AMD, Compaq, Fujitsu Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel and ServerWorks.

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