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Intel Demonstrates Its First PCI Express-Based Silicon

  • 19 September, 2003 14:08

<p>Updates Product Roadmap and Introduces Developer Programs</p>
<p>INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 19, 2003 - Intel Corporation today demonstrated its first chips based on PCI Express* technology and provided an update on its roadmap for integrating the new interconnect specification into its computing and communications products. Intel also introduced several new programs and tools to help accelerate adoption of PCI Express Technology, including the PCI Express IT Network cofounded with Dell.</p>
<p>During keynotes at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel demonstrated for the first time its next-generation server and workstation chipsets, codenamed 'Lindenhurst' and 'Tumwater', respectively, and their advanced PCI Express capabilities. The server chipset demonstration used a Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) networking application to show how PCI Express technology enables direct connections to high-bandwidth adapters and other components without a costly I/O bridge chip that was previously required.</p>
<p>The workstation chipset demonstration focused on the capability of PCI Express to replace the AGP8X graphics interface, a benefit shared by Intel’s next-generation desktop chipset. PCI Express technology doubled the performance possible with AGP8X from 2 GBps to 4 GBps, meeting the requirements of the growing number of high-bandwidth applications, such as high-quality digital photography, multimedia, advanced computer-aided design and digital video editing. Both chipsets are scheduled to roll out in 2004.</p>
<p>Planned PCI Express Products
Intel also provided new insight into its future Ethernet controllers, I/O processors, bridges and motherboards that will incorporate PCI Express. The first wave of products, which are scheduled to roll out in 2004, include:
Intel’s future Ethernet controllers, which will use PCI Express to achieve for the first time wirespeed, full-duplex GbE and 10 GbE connectivity on desktop and server platforms. The controllers will roll out with Intel’s next-generation desktop and Lindenhurst chipsets.
Intel’s next I/O storage processor, code-named Dobson, that integrates PCI Express and Intel® XScale™ technologies to make high-performance RAID on motherboard with SCSI, SATA and Fibre Channel an integral feature of systems based on the Lindenhurst chipset.
Multiple PCI Express technology-enabled server and workstation motherboards that feature both PCI and PCI Express slots for efficient migration to the new interconnect technology.
The new Intel® 41210 Serial-to-Parallel PCI Bridge, a PCI Express-to-PCI/PCI-X 1.0 bridge that enables legacy adapters and add-in cards to work on PCI Express technology-based platforms, and the complementary Intel® 41210 Development Platform to accelerate transition of legacy PCI cards to the new interconnect technology. The bridge costs US$32 in quantities of 10,000 and the development platform is priced at US$1,300. Both products are expected be available in limited quantities the fourth quarter of this year.
Integrated client chipsets supporting the new PCI Express technology-based ExpressCard* and Card ElectroMechanical interfaces, which will supersede today’s Cardbus* and PCI technologies on future Intel client platforms.</p>
<p>New Programs and Tools for Developers
Also announced at IDF, Dell and Intel have established the PCI Express IT Network, which offers IT professionals direct access to industry experts and product evaluation opportunities. More information is available at</p>
<p>Intel also unveiled its PCI Express Interoperability Lab, which focuses on achieving interoperability between third-party products and Intel architecture-based platforms, using a complete gamut of electrical, configuration and protocol tests on desktop, server and workstation platforms.</p>
<p>To simplify the design job, Intel introduced new development tools, including its first Intel® PCI Express Product Development Kits (PDK), consisting of PCI Express-enabled platforms based on Intel’s Lindenhurst and Tumwater chipsets for development of server and workstation solutions. The two PDKs will be available in limited quantities in the fourth quarter of this year and cost US$8,000.</p>
<p>About PCI Express
Intel and other companies throughout the computer and communications industries are adopting PCI Express technology as the successor to today’s PCI and PCI-X architectures. The serial PCI Express architecture offers scalable bandwidth from 2.5 to 80 Gbps and advanced features to meet the I/O needs of next-generation systems that potentially will feature 10 GHz-plus CPU speeds, faster memory, higher-speed graphics, GbE and 10 GbE, and serial enterprise I/O applications.</p>
<p>More information about PCI Express technology is available at the Intel® Developer Network for PCI Express* Architecture website,</p>
<p>About IDF
The Intel Developer Forum is the technology industry's premier event for hardware and software developers. Held worldwide throughout the year, IDF brings together key industry players to discuss cutting-edge technology and products for PCs, servers, communications equipment, and handheld clients. For more information on IDF and Intel technology, visit</p>
<p>About Intel
Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at
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