PCI Express System Architecture

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Ravi Budruk
Addison-Wesley, 2004 - Computers - 1049 pages
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""We have always recommended these books to our customers and even our own engineers for developing a better understanding of technologies and specifications. We find the latest PCI Express book from MindShare to have the same content and high quality as all the others.""
--Nader Saleh, CEO/President, Catalyst Enterprises, Inc.

PCI Express is the third-generation Peripheral Component Inter-connect technology for a wide range of systems and peripheral devices. Incorporating recent advances in high-speed, point-to-point interconnects, PCI Express provides significantly higher performance, reliability, and enhanced capabilities--at a lower cost--than the previous PCI and PCI-X standards. Therefore, anyone working on next-generation PC systems, BIOS and device driver development, and peripheral device design will need to have a thorough understanding of PCI Express.

"PCI Express System Architecture" provides an in-depth description and comprehensive reference to the PCI Express standard. The book contains information needed for design, verification, and test, as well as background information essential for writing low-level BIOS and device drivers. In addition, it offers valuable insight into the technology's evolution and cutting-edge features.

Following an overview of the PCI Express architecture, the book moves on to cover transaction protocols, the physical/electrical layer, power management, configuration, and more. Specific topics covered include: Split transaction protocolPacket format and definition, including use of each fieldACK/NAK protocolTraffic Class and Virtual Channel applications and useFlow control initialization and operationError checking mechanisms and reporting optionsSwitch design issuesAdvanced Power Management mechanisms and useActive State Link power managementHot Plug design and operationMessage transactionsPhysical layer functionsElectrical signaling characteristics and issuesPCI Express enumeration proceduresConfiguration register definitions

Thoughtfully organized, featuring a plethora of illustrations, and comprehensive in scope, "PCI Express System Architecture" is an essential resource for anyone working with this important technology.

MindShare's PC System Architecture Series is a crisply written and comprehensive set of guides to the most important PC hardware standards. Books in the series are intended for use by hardware and software designers, programmers, and support personnel.
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Contents

The MindShare Architecture Series
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Architectural Perspective
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IO Bus Architecture Perspective
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Ravi Budruk is a senior staff engineer and instructor with MindShare, Inc., where he has trained hundreds of engineers. He is an industry expert on such topics as Intel Processor and PC architecture, as well as such bus architectures as PCI Express, PCI, PCI-X, HyperTransport, IEEE 1394, and ISA. Before working at MindShare, Mr. Budruk was a PC chipset architect and designer at VLSI Technology, Inc.

Don Anderson is the author of many MindShare books. He passes on his wealth of experience in digital electronics and computer design by training engineers, programmers, and technicians for MindShare.

Tom Shanley, president of MindShare, Inc., is one of the world's foremost authorities on computer system architecture. In the course of his career, he has trained thousands of engineers in hardware and software design.

MindShare, Inc. is one of the leading technical training companies in the hardware industry, providing innovative courses for dozens of companies, including Intel, IBM, and Compaq.



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