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New PCI Standard Ultimately to Affect Telcos, then Virtualization

Quoting IT Business Edge 

A hard-wired, but still very readable, piece by Scott M. Fulton III at BetaNews outlines the probable impact of the new PCI Express 2.0 bus standard, ratified yesterday, on the telecom market and eventually PC manufacturers.

In far more technical detail than we’ll attempt here, Fulton describes how PCIE 2’s doubled transfer rate (5 billion per second) should prompt almost immediate adoption of cheap-to-manufacture field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) as the bridge between embedded devices and telecom equipment.

Fulton notes that PC manufacturers will probably ride in the wake of telcos’ rapid adoption of the standard, but the usual suspects — AMD, Intel and nVidia — all have PC board rollouts planned to showcase improved transfer rates, we’d assume for graphics-heavy applications (World of Warcraft just keeps rolling on).

More interestingly, PCIE 2 will allow virtualized machines to actually see physical bus components. As Fulton speculates, this could mean a virtualized machine could actually employ a real 3D video card to run Windows Vista’s Aero interface — a boon to what many speculate will be a push toward virtualized client-side computing.

Read the original, here.

Published Thursday, January 18, 2007 7:05 AM by David Marshall
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