The industry group behind the widely used PCI specification today announced plans to extend the roadmap to support 1066MHz bus speeds.
PCI-X 1066 will be developed as a backward-compatible follow-on to the recently announced PCI-X 266 and PCI-X 533 specifications, though the PCI Special Interest Group will consider adding new features such as enhanced power management, full isochronous support, redundant paths support, and modular form factors, according to the Portland, Ore.-based organization.
"We believe that it is possible to extend PCI-X's parallel architecture to yet another speed grade that once again doubles the bandwidth," said Alan Goodrum, chairman of the PCI-SIG's PCI-X Workgroup. "The benefit of extending PCI-X technology to a new generation is to ensure a solid roadmap for the design community that cares about backward compatibility and investment protection."
In the first phase of development, the PCI-X Workgroup will analyze the signaling, card, and connector characteristics and alternatives, as well as possible protocol extensions for future applications. In phase two, the Workgroup will write and validate the PCI-X 1066 specification.