“MindShare books are critical in the understanding of complex technical topics, such as PCI Express 3.0 architecture. Many of our customers and industry partners depend on these books for the success of their projects.”
— Joe Mendolia - Vice President, LeCroy
PCI Express 3.0 is the latest generation of the popular peripheral interface found in virtually every PC, server, and industrial computer. Its high bandwidth, low latency, and cost-to-performance ratio make it a natural choice for many peripheral devices today. Each new generation of PCI Express adds more features, capabilities and bandwidth, which maintains its popularity as a device interconnect.
MindShare's books take the hard work out of deciphering the specs, and this one follows that tradition. MindShare's PCI Express Technology book provides a thorough description of the interface with numerous practical examples that illustrate the concepts. Written in a tutorial style, this book is ideal for anyone new to PCI Express. At the same time, its thorough coverage of the details makes it an essential resource for seasoned veterans.
PCI Express Origins
Configuration Space and Access Methods
Packet Types and Fields
Traffic Classes, Virtual Channels and Arbitration (QoS)
Logical PHY (8b/10b, 128b/130b, Scrambling)
Link Training and Initialization
Interrupt Delivery (Legacy, MSI, MSI-X)
Error Detection and Reporting
Power Management (for both software and hardware)
2.0 and 2.1 Features (such as 5.0GT/s, TLP Hints, and Multi-Casting)
3.0 Features (such as 8.0GT/s, and a new encoding scheme)
Considerations for High Speed Signaling (such as Equalization)
Thoughtfully organized, featuring many illustrations and examples, and comprehensive in scope, PCI Express Technology is an essential resource for anyone working with this important technology.
MindShare's System Architecture Series is a crisply written and comprehensive set of guides to the most important computer hardware standards. Books in the series are intended for use by hardware and software designers, programmers, and support personnel.
About the Authors
Mike Jackson, is a senior staff engineer and instructor with MindShare, Inc., where he has trained thousands of engineers. He is an industry expert on such topics as Intel Processor and PC architecture, as well as such bus architectures as SAS, PCI, PCI-X, and PCI Express. Before joining MindShare, Mr. Jackson worked as a high-speed digital designer for AMD and as an ASIC developer for several years with Compaq Computer Corp.
Ravi Budruk is a partial owner 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.