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Texas Instruments Announces Availability of PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge

New Device Enables Transition from Legacy Products to Latest PCI Express Applications and Support Longer Distances

Nov 1, 2005

DALLAS (November 1, 2005) - Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announces another addition to its PCI Express product line with the availability 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. (See www.ti.com/xio2000pr for more information.)\

TI's new bridge device (XIO2000) 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. The XIO2000 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 TI's XIO2000 customers are now able to expand one x1 PCI Express lane to support up to six devices.

Available Today

The XIO2000 PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge is available now from TI and its authorized distributors. The XIO2000 comes in a 201-pin Microstar BGATM package. Suggested resale pricing in quantities of 1,000 starts at $14.95. 

TI´s Commitment to PCI Express

TI's roadmap includes a complete portfolio of products built for the PCI Express architecture, enabling chip-to-chip interconnect, I/O interconnect for adapter cards and an I/O attach point to other interconnects such as PCI, 1394 (FireWire) and USB. 

About PCI Express

PCI Express is a point-to-point serial differential low-voltage interconnect that consolidates application requirements for use by multiple market segments. PCI Express architecture is a high-performance, highly flexible, scalable, reliable, stable and cost-effective general-purpose I/P architecture that seamlessly complements existing PCI buses and will transition the market over the next several years, allowing system and communication designers to use new topologies.