Houston, TEXAS — Continuing to demonstrate leadership in industry defining technologies, Compaq Computer Corp. announced the availability of the industry’s first PCI-X platform to PCI independent hardware vendors (IHVs). The Compaq PCI-X developer’s kit will enable IHVs to develop and test PCI-X cards and applications in real PCI-X environments, thus expediting the release of PCI-X products to the industry. The kit will aid PCI-X product development to ready the market for mass release of fully supported PCI-X products to customers in the first half 2001. For more information, please visit the Compaq Website at: http://www.Compaq.com/PCI-X .
The PCI-X developer’s kit is available exclusively to IHVs and functions as a drawer upgrade for the Compaq ProLiant 8500 server. The platform supports a maximum bus configuration of 64 bits and can run at speeds up to 100 MHz, allowing developers to experience the maximum benefits of PCI-X. Compaq’s enhancements to the protocol boost bus efficiency, avoiding I/O bottlenecks and achieving optimal system performance, which will benefit customers upon release of PCI-X products.
Compaq will license and provide support for the PCI-X developer’s kit to key IHVs that are dedicated to creating PCI-X solutions. Companies receiving the PCI-X platform include Broadcom, Emulex, LSI Logic, QLogic, and Tundra Semiconductor.