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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 otispunkmeyer on 2/12/2007 4:08:51 AM , Rating: 2
tell that to dell

though yeah its like $2000 if not more, and comes with a GPU good enough that you wont need an external one anyway, but the XPS M1710 is a good example of a laptop done rigth

the cooling set up is sublime, its quiet even under full load, and works very well so that your C2D and Nvidia 7900GTX with 512mb of ram can run full speed.

you can easily overclock, though not to the extent of a PC and the display is 1920x1200...

it is a do it all machine that thing.

shame though because Asus' new lamborghini VX2 is the muts!, its not as powerful GPU wise, but its Geforce 7700 with 512mb ram should be enough for most, then theres the glorious lambo paint job....*salivates*

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