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Authors: MindShare Inc., Mindshare Inc, Inc Mindshare
ISBN-13: 9780201726824, ISBN-10: 0201726823
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Date Published: November 2000
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: MindShare Inc.

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.

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.

Book Synopsis

The CD-ROM includes a 70-minute PCI-X overview video by Tom Shanley, featuring an introduction to the basic concepts underlying PCI-X bus technology. Topics covered include terminology, detection of PCI-X-capable functions, the blockoriented bus, transaction types and phases, a detailed explanation of an example transaction, and how split transactions replace the delayed transactions of PCI.

Anyone who designs or tests hardware or software that involves the PCI-X bus will find that PCI-X System Architecture is an essential resource for understanding and 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. Each title explains the architecture, features, and operations of systems built using one particular type of chip or hardware specification.


PCI-X is the successor to the peripheral component interconnect (PCI) bus specification, the standard that enables communication between peripheral devices and the computer processor. Assuming prior knowledge of PCI, this guide describes how PCI-X achieves faster transfer rates, and details the PCI-X transaction protocol, device configuration for PCI-X, load tuning, PCI-X bridges, error detection and handling, and electrical issues. The CD-ROM contains a 70-minute PCI-X overview video. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents

About This Book
The MindShare Architecture Series1
Cautionary Note2
This Book Assumes PCI Background Knowledge3
Specifications This Book Is Based On3
Organization of This Book3
Who This Book Is For4
Prerequisite Knowledge4
Documentation Conventions5
Visit Our Web Site8
We Want Your Feedback9
Part 1Basic Concepts
Chapter 1PCI Needed Improvement
Chapter 2PCI-X Improves on PCI
Chapter 3Lowest Common Denominator Defines Mode
Chapter 4Device Types and Bus Initialization
Chapter 5PCI-X Is a Registered Bus
Chapter 6Intro to Commands
Chapter 7Intro to Transaction Phases
Chapter 8Intro to Transaction Termination
Chapter 9Intro to Split and Immediate Transactions
Part 2Transaction Protocol
Chapter 10Bus Arbitration
Chapter 11Detailed Command Description
Chapter 12Latency Rules
Chapter 13The Address, Attribute and Response Phases
Chapter 14Dword Transactions
Chapter 15Burst Transactions
Chapter 16Transaction Terminations
Chapter 17Split Completion Messages
Chapter 1864-Bit Transactions
Chapter 19Parity Generation and Checking
Part 3Device Configuration
Chapter 20Configuration Transactions
Chapter 21Non-Bridge Configuration Registers
Chapter 22Bridge Configuration Registers
Part 4Load Tuning
Chapter 23Load Tuning Mechanisms
Part 5PCI-X Bridges
Chapter 24PCIX-to-PCIX Bridges
Chapter 25Locked Transaction Series
Part 6Error Detection and Handling
Chapter 26Error Detection and Handling
Part 7Electrical Issues
Chapter 27Electrical Issues
Appendix AProtocol Rules
General Bus Rules659
Initiator Rules661
Target Rules662
Bus Arbitration Rules663
Configuration Transaction Rules664
Parity Error Rules665
Bus Width Rules665
Split Transaction Rules666
Appendix BGlossary671




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