Texas Instruments announced the first discrete PCI Express physical layer (PHY) chip, enabling PCI Express instrumentation and test equipment applications. TI demonstrates the technology at the Spring 2004 Intel Developer Forum (IDF). The PHY, named XIO1000, is the industry’s first PCI Express 1.0a chip which supports transmit and receive bandwidths of 2.5 gigabits per second (Gbps), TI said. PCI Express is expected to be the predominant PC I/O architecture over the next several years and will appear in PC’s later this year.
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