Category: PCIe

THE END OF THE ROAD FOR PCI

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The Venerable old PCI slot which first was introduced with the Pentium 60 MHz and 66 Mhz processors. PCI was intended to deal with the ISA slot limitations and the VESA local bus extension. There is no shortage of socket AM4 motherboards with available PCI slots. All of the AM4 boards in the studio are …

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PCI EXPRESS SATA CARDS

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Depending on the available number of SATA ports on a motherboard, some may want to install additional disks. SATA cards are available at low cost with 4-port, 6-port and most recently 8-port. 16-port cards server cards have cable management issues. The Marvell 9215 is a standard PCI Express to 4-port SATA controller. This chip is …

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SERIAL & PARALLEL 2020

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The MSI X470 Gaming Plus has both serial and parallel port headers. This motherboard is back in use as the X570-A PRO is still not back from an RMA. USB to RS-232 and USB to parallel cables are readily available. USB ports were introduced on consumer motherboards circa 1996. The goal of USB was to …

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GIGABYTE TITAN RIDGE

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The Gigabyte Titan Ridge is a PCIe card to provide Thunderbolt 3 support. Intel Thunderbolt 3 Certified add-in card Intel DSL7540 Thunderbolt 3 controller Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports (USB Type-C) 40 GB/s bi-directional bandwidth Daisy-chain up to 12 Devices (6 devices per port) Support PD3.0 standard (up to 100W) Dual PCIe 6-pin power ATX connector …

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PCI EXPRESS 4.0

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PCI Express 4.0 has been ratified as a standard by the PCI SIG. This now means that motherboards, chipsets and processors all have to be modernized to be able to use the improved bandwidth. Generally PCI Express improvements follow the semiconductor sector improvements with incremental change. PCI Express 4.0 is backwards and forwards compatible with earlier …

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MIKROTIK RB14E

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MikroTik is a Latvian company which was founded in 1996 to develop routers and wireless ISP systems. The MikroTik RB14e is an adapter card for using four miniPCIe wireless cards in a PC with a PCIe slot. This gives you the ability to use their new R11e wireless interfaces in conventional PC computers. PCIe x1 …

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ADAPTEC ASR-71605

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The Adaptec 71605 SAS/SATA 6Gb/s PCIe Gen3 RAID adapter reinvents the low-profile/MD2 form-factor space with double the competition’s port count and performance. The MSRP is $999. PCI Express 3.0 x8 1 x SFF-8643 mini-SAS HD 1 GB RAM buffer Flexible Configuration: HBA Mode & Auto Volume Mode for automatic deployment Optimized Disk Utilization (Multiple Arrays …

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ADAPTEC ASR-8405

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The Adaptec ASR-8405 is a PCI Express SAS 12 gigabit controller. MSRP is $495. PCI Express 3.0 x8 1 x SFF-8643 mini-SAS HD 1 GB RAM buffer Flexible Configuration: HBA Mode & Auto Volume Mode for automatic deployment Optimized Disk Utilization (Multiple Arrays per disk) Supports up to 256 SAS or SATA devices using SAS …

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STORAGE CONTROLLERS

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Storage controllers are a standard device in Windows. This makes it much easier for independent hardware designers to design their products. Early on the MFM disks gamve way to RLL controllers which delivered 50% more storage. EIDE surfaced in 1987 in machines and discretely in 1988. EIDE went through some speed evolution before PCI Express …

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EXPRESSCARD

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The ExpressCard is a replacement for the earlier PCMCIA card slot. The development of PCI Express replaced the older EIDE interface necessitating a change. Expesscard slots first appeared in late 2004 and by 2006 they had replaced the old PCMCIA slots almost completely. ExpressCard come in two widths. 33mm and 54mm depending on the requirements …

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