Compaq, IBM, HP, Adaptec join on I/O spec

Compaq, IBM, HP, Adaptec join on I/O spec

Four IT vendors have formed the second group to be announced within a week to work on an I/O (Input/Output) architecture for enterprise servers.

Compaq, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Adaptec said that they have created the Future I/O and will announce technical details for their proposed I/O architecture at a forum on February 12 in Monterey, California.

The new architecture is widely viewed as a necessary replacement for the PCI and PCI X buses because those existing standards aren't keeping up with new processor speeds or high-power applications in areas like e-commerce.

Last week's announcement nipped at the heels of similar news from a six-vendor group led by Intel, which announced the previous week that it had formed the Next Generation I/O (NGIO) Industry Forum. Intel's announcement came after published reports that talks had broken down with Compaq, HP and IBM regarding work on a new I/O specification.

Such dogfights between competing vendors trying to work together on new standards are common. But at least one company representative has been pleased with how well Future I/O members have been able to push aside competitive fervor. Compaq, IBM and HP are fierce competitors in the enterprise server market.

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