8/22/2003 - MindShare, Inc., a leading technical training provider, announced the publication of PCI ExpressTM System Architecture, the latest in MindShare's widely distributed technical reference publications. The 1,000-page book, published by Addison-Wesley and available Sept. 6 (through amazon.com and many other bookstores, as well as electronically via ebooks.com), delivers a system designer's perspective on PCI Express technology, providing readers with essential content not just for understanding the technology but also for its implementation.
Organized with all relevant issues cross-referenced to key topics, PCI Express System Architecture contains more than 450 illustrations, helping make complex PCI Express concepts easier to grasp. Structured in an easy-to-read format, yet comprehensive in its content, the book encompasses the knowledge needed for design, verification, and testing, as well as background information essential for writing low-level BIOS software and device drivers. A detailed table of contents may be found at www.mindshare.com/pdf/pciexpressbooktoc.pdf
Soup to Nuts Content
Unlike many technical training concerns that merely provide foils on topics, MindShare develops comprehensive textbooks that deliver "soup to nuts" content. PCI Express System Architecture serves as the course material for the in-depth PCI Express technical training seminar MindShare developed and teaches to both hardware and software designers.
"Specifications are not tutorial by nature; they may present the facts but often lead to as many questions as answers," said Tom Shanley, president of MindShare. "PCI Express System Architecture anticipates those questions and answers them in a way that both presents the architecture's features and shows the reader how to design and build a wide range of PCI Express-based systems."
"PCI Express System Architecture will be a valuable resource to anyone in the design community developing systems architectures with PCI Express," said Danny Chi, senior marketing manager at PLX Technology (www.plxtech.com), Sunnyvale, Calif., who authored two chapters in the book. "As leaders in the I/O interconnect field, PLX recognizes the importance of such comprehensive books, as they complement our mission to bring the most advanced I/O interconnect technology to communications, server, storage and embedded-control applications."
"MindShare's newest book offering, PCI Express System Architecture, is a terrific resource with excellent content and their usual attention to high technological quality," said Nadar Saleh, president of Catalyst Enterprises, Inc. (www.getcatalyst.com), San Jose, Calif., who contributed a chapter to the book. "MindShare books are comprehensive and more useful than technical specifications. We always recommend their books to our customers. Even our own engineers use MindShare's books to develop a better understanding of technologies and specifications. I recommend PCI Express System Architecture as a necessary reference for anyone who uses PCI Express."
PCI Express: Highly Flexible, Targeted at Multitude of Applications
PCI Express is a highly flexible I/O architecture that uses serial, differential, low-voltage signaling to deliver the performance necessary for next generation platforms. Scaling from 2.5Gbits/sec for a single lane in each direction to a full duplex performance of 160Gbits/sec, PCI Express provides the headroom needed for a wide variety of high-performance systems. PCI Express also supports advanced features such as Quality of Service (QoS) and end-to-end data integrity, important for servers, storage and communications systems. The architecture is targeted at multiple market segments, such as desktop, mobile, server, communications and embedded applications, and maintains compatibility with the existing PCI programming model.
MindShare, Inc. delivers innovative courses for dozens of companies including HP, AMD, IBM, and Sun Microsystems. The current course selection includes PCI, PCI-X, PCI Express, InfiniBand, USB, IA32 Processors, AGP, HyperTransport, and FireWire (IEEE 1394). MindShare is dedicated to communicating this information to the hardware and software design community in detailed, yet understandable form. For more information on MindShare and their reference library, visit MindShare's web site at www.mindshare.com.
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