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Bridge and MiniCard: new extensions for PCI Express

PCI-SIG (PCI Special Interest Group), promoter and supporter of PCI Express, PCI and PCI-X standards, today released provisional specs of two new extensions: PCI Express Bridge Release Candidate 1.0 and Mini PCI Release Candidate 1.0.

Combined with PCI Express Card form-factor, MiniCard specs will be used in various wired/wireless comm peripherals. These specs are an alternative to existing Mini PCI.

At the same time at IDF Intel announced product roadmap along with programs for speeding up PCI Express development and solutions release.

In 2004 Intel plans to launch the volume production of PCI Express-based solutions, including chipsets and enterprise platforms, mobile and desktop systems, fully-featured I/O processors for high-performance RAID arrays, Ethernet adapters, data storage systems, next-generation motherboards and server platforms.

At the same time Intel announced soon opening of PCI Express compatibility and interaction lab along with posting a catalog of solutions on the new technology. The lab is to open in by June 2003 to test compatibility of PCI Express solutions with Intel´s processors, chipsets and platforms.

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