San Jose, Calif. " Texas Instruments used the Intel Developers Forum to demonstrate its commitment to PCI Express technology development and deployment. The company showed a PCI Express development platform at its trade show booth.
PCI Express is a new point-to-point serial bus that will replace the existing PCI expansion bus and provide a new, smaller form factor for add in cards for the desktop and mobile PCs. PCI Express usage is expected to extend across client, enterprise, and communications platforms. At roughly double the speed of existing standards, PCI Express greatly alleviates the bottlenecks found in today's PCs.
TI's PCI Express roadmap will be a key enabler for the deployment of PCI Express, expected to be shipping in many PCs beginning in 2004. TI plans to introduce its first production PCI Express products in early 2004. At IDF, TI will demonstrate a PCI Express-to-PCI bridge in conjunction with Intel's development platform, along with TI's 1394b PCI-based solutions.
TI expects PCI Express chipsets to be shipped in the majority of PCs by 2006. TIs roadmap includes a complete portfolio of products built for the PCI Express architecture, enabling chip-to-chip interconnect, I/O interconnect for adapter cards and an I/O attach point to other interconnects such as PCI, 1394 (FireWire) and USB. Other planned products include PCI Express switch and physical layer devices, as well as devices supporting the "Newcard" specification. These, along with existing TI devices such as CardBus, 1394 and USB, will provide designers a complete portfolio of interface options from TI.