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New TI bridge complies to PCI Express to PCI/PCI-X Bridge spec

Posted: 07 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:texas instruments? ti? pci express? xio2000? expresscard?

TI's new XIO2000

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) expanded its PCI Express product line with the release of a new PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge. The XIO2000 allows seamless bridging between legacy PCI devices to the latest PCI Express applications used in PCs, docking stations, ExpressCard, split-chassis systems, and test and measurement instruments. The new bridge device is fully compliant to the PCI Express to PCI/PCI-X Bridge Specification, Revision 1.0, which is critical for interoperability with other PCI Express applications. This device also supports longer trace lengths, allowing designers to support longer distance PCI Express endpoint devices without the loss of signal strength.

"The XIO2000 allows customers to bridge their existing PCI application to the newer PCI Express architecture without having to worry about compliance and interoperability issues," said Jawaid Ahmad, product marketing manager for TI's Interface Business Unit. "Prior to release we did extensive validation and testing to ensure customers get a compatible device to use with the plethora of add-in cards and root complex devices available in today's market."

The device has a x1 lane upstream port connection to PCI Express root complex, providing support for up to six x1 PCI endpoint devices on its downstream side. By using the XIO2000, customers are now able to expand one x1 PCI Express lane to support up to six devices, said TI.

The XIO2000 PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge comes in a 201-pin Microstar BGA package. Suggested resale pricing in quantities of 1,000 starts at $14.50.

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