Steve Cooper, One Stop Systems Inc.
Now that PCI Express has achieved nearly 100% acceptance in desktop and laptop PCs, designers are looking to leverage the technology into other form factors and applications. Over 60 form factors have now been defined using PCIe as the backplane bus architecture. PCIe also has unique features that facilitate its usage as a box-to-box interconnect. Earlier this year, the PCI-SIG approved the specification for PCIe over cable implementations. With the standard in place, creative engineers are looking to capitalize on a new capability.