Benefits of the PCI Bus for Data Acquisition and Imaging

The PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) bus is an integral part of today's Pentium high-performance personal computer systems. Conceived and designed as a way to give peripheral components high-bandwidth access to the host processor in a PC, the PCI bus is a board-level expansion standard with important benefits to anyone whose work involves PC-based data acquisition or image processing. In replacing the aging 3 to 5 MB/s ISA (Industry Standard Architecture) expansion bus, the PCI bus breaks open the bandwidth bottleneck by providing a 132 MB/s (theoretical), 95 MB (typical) burst-rate highway.

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