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TI PHY complies to PCI Express

Posted: 21 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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PHY complies with PCI Express 1.1 specsTexas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced the third generation of its discrete PCI Express physical layer (PHY) chip. The new device, designed for flexibility and space savings, is targeted at interfacing with ASICs as well as low cost FPGAs in PC add-in cards, communications, test equipment, servers and other embedded system applications.

According to the company, they designed the new PHY to be compliant with PCI Express 1.1 specifications, which is critical for interoperability with other PCI Express applications. The TI PCI Express PHY gives board designers flexibility by offering both an 8bit and 16bit interface. The interface is also based on the PHY Interface for the PCI Express (PIPE) Architecture version 1.0 from Intel, with minor enhancements that allow for lower power consumption and a simplified interface for easy integration.

"The PCI Express PHY is the foundation of all PCI Express applications, and we see a strong transition to PCI-Express across multiple market segments," commented Brian Whitaker, marketing segment manager, computer connectivity solutions at TI.

Samples of the PCI Express PHY will be available in the second half of 2005.

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