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Now we wait for devices to show up

Several years ago when PCI-Express was being developed, the technology was also being designed to support devices outside of the traditional computer enclosure. While "internal" PCI-Express took off, development and support for external devices was slow. This week, the PCI Special Interests Group (PCI-SIG) announced the availability of the PCI-Express external cable specification revision 1.0.

With the new specifications fully defined, cables will be developed for all PCI-Express link widths including: x1, x4, x8 and x16. This allows for devices such as external high-speed storage controllers, network or fabric interfaces and graphics adapters to use the technology.

According to PCI-SIG chairman Al Yanes, external PCI-Express products should now be in full development and show up on the market in less than a year. "This specification helps the industry create new products that will take PCIe technology out of the box – enabling PCIe solutions for IO expansion drawers, external graphics processors, tethered mobile docking, communications equipment and embedded applications,” said Yanes.

External PCI-Express devices will be able to use signaling rates up to 2.5 gigatransfers per second (GT/sec). Of course, the host, adapter and cable must be able to support those speeds, but the future looks promising according to the specification's outline. Later on, 5GT/sec. rates will be possible. Some applications for this type of technology include stacking storage arrays together by using the external PCI-Express interconnect rather than relying on Gig-E networking.

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RE: Great work!
By outsider on 2/9/2007 7:45:48 PM , Rating: -1
To the guy that modded me down and Gatt up:

"Geek" is ok, but you are a complete Nerd! Go overclock some more while your young friends are living their youth.

RE: Great work!
By Zelvek on 2/9/2007 9:35:38 PM , Rating: 2
Ah what the heck is your problem!? Got something against overclocking; most of the people I know who overclock are 25 or older? Given the maturity of your response I think it is quite obvious who is in their naive youth. Perhapses you should stop flaming on forums when you don't agree with someone and go live yours.

RE: Great work!
By outsider on 2/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: Great work!
By Uncle C on 2/10/2007 1:11:09 AM , Rating: 2
I'm happy and rather successful from overclocking.
I'm running a two year old setup that still kicks some serious ass in gaming because it IS overclocked.
Also, why can't you just accept other people's hobbies? To some, its fun to tune your computer just right.
As for "comfort of the notebook," where do you play games away from your home? At work, class, driving? I'm all for mobile lanning, but I enjoy RVs much more with DESKTOPS!
Anyway, snuff the flame. No one is saying laptops are worthless, just that desktops are better for gaming right now.

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