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Intel Says Farewell To PCI Bus 415

KingofGnG writes with this snippet from Sir Arthur's Den, which will make my desktop computer sad: "Soon another technology that in past years dominated the always changing universe of computer hardware will bite the dust. That's the decision by Intel, the merciless executioner of standards that the company itself imposes on the market. In upcoming months it will end official support for the PCI bus. Developed by the chipmaker in 1993, the PCI Local Bus standard was implemented on all motherboards for x86 and compatible platforms until 2004, the year it passed the baton to the younger and faster PCI Express technology."
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Intel Says Farewell To PCI Bus

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  • by tepples ( 727027 ) <> on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @02:34PM (#32668218) Homepage Journal
    Any Intel motherboard you buy will have a chipset with Intel GMA graphics on it. Virtually every GMA in current production, from the GMA 950 in netbooks to the four-digit GMAs on desktop and larger laptop PCs, is at least as powerful as a Voodoo3.
  • ok... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Lord Ender ( 156273 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @02:39PM (#32668290) Homepage

    Can we get rid of PS/2, VGA, parallel, and serial ports now, too? Hell, let's axe DVI in favor if HDMI while we're at it!

    Oh, and can someone tell the shitty mobo makers to stop requiring MS DOS floppy disks to flash their BIOSs?

  • Re:ok... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by h4rr4r ( 612664 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @02:43PM (#32668344)

    No, some of us do real work we need to be able to interface with serial stuff. You should make like the rest of the kids and get a mac.

  • Re:ok... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by vijayiyer ( 728590 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @02:46PM (#32668396)

    And some of us use Macs to do real work which interfaces with serial stuff. That doesn't mean we need a huge D-sub connector in our laptops.

  • Eh... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @02:46PM (#32668400) Journal
    This seems like a fairly minimal matter.

    Intel is shaving a few more pennies off the implementation cost for boring business boxes that will see no expansion at all, gamer boxes that will see no expansion beyond a so-new-the-solder-is-still-warm graphics card, and your basic home-user "everything-on-motherboard" use cases.

    Given the availability of PCIe to PCI bridge chips(both ones for cheaply retooling a PCI design into a PCIe design, and ones for hanging an actual PCI bus off a PCIe bus), motherboards to accommodate PCI cards should be available at a fairly modest premium for another 5 years, and at an industrial/embedded/specialty premium for another decade or two....
  • Re:Now What? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @02:51PM (#32668462) Homepage

    Screw that, what about my $2800.00 Sensor input card for this pile of thermocouples and Ph probes in the lab? I guess it's time to go out and buy some PC gear with PCI to make sure the lab can have parts for repairs until the idiots in management give us money to buy new test gear.

    That's the real rub. Those of us doing REAL work with computers are getting screwed. Most new scientific and high end test equipment still use PCI and RS232.

  • Re:ok... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @02:53PM (#32668494) Homepage

    No. Because those of us that do real work use them.

    Rs232 is still a big standard in the commercial and industrial world.

  • Re:ok... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by 91degrees ( 207121 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @02:58PM (#32668544) Journal
    A lot of PCs only have VGA outputs out of that list.
  • Re:ok... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Lord Ender ( 156273 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @03:01PM (#32668584) Homepage

    Some people do "real work" with 10BASE2 networks. It's would still be stupid to put 10BASE2 adapters on every motherboard.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @03:07PM (#32668674)
    (Incidentally, while it was a risible failure that didn't even make it out the door of a dying company, the Voodoo 5 6000 was in many respects ahead of its time. The notion of multiple identical GPUs designed to achieve some semblance of linear scaling when working together, along with ridiculous power requirements that grossly exceed those of the bus and require additional connectors, should be wholly familiar to any contemporary SLI or Crossfire user...)
  • Re:ok... (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @03:12PM (#32668762)

    No to serial ports, even if there are USB serial adapters.
    While i like the idea of throwing everything behind a unified cable format, some things are better left to being separate.
    Mainly because serial is a pretty simple communication format to the board compared to USB.
    Scrapping simple input systems for more complicated systems is backwards.

    I certainly agree with everything else though, especially dependency on PS/2, DAMN WHY IS THAT STILL ALIVE?! IT IS AWFUL.

    One thing i would like to see happen is orientation-insensitive ports on USB.
    I HATE getting the cable in the wrong way. No, i won't turn the damn light on to see the USB logo, nor will i feel around for it to see if i need to rotate it.
    It isn't exactly hard to make a phono-lead / headphone style USB plug (jack), there has been quite a few of 3+ input systems in that style of plug over the years.
    Making it slightly thicker for the sake of someone not plugging it in to a headphone socket would obviously be a smart idea as well, and it leads to less complications fitting in the wiring.
    It doesn't even need to be a circle, even if it was rectangular and still plugged in at any of the 4 90degree angles would be nice.
    One can dream...

  • by FreonTrip ( 694097 ) <> on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @03:15PM (#32668826)
    Yep. A terrific example of the student becoming the teacher, and all of them riding the short bus together.
  • Re:Now What? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by kdkirmse ( 801423 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @03:24PM (#32669038)
    Embedded and industrial machines typically have the old interfaces linger much longer then consumer boards. I have finally given up on an ISA instrument board I had used since the 90s. It is still possible to find hardware with ISA slots just not very powerful. PCI will certainly follow the same path.
  • Re:Now What? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fearlezz ( 594718 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @03:32PM (#32669200) Homepage

    I'm not surprised at all. Just a few months ago I did a job fixing a computer that controls some part of a multi-million dollar ship. The software requires a specific card, that specific card is only available with an ISA interface.

    Since PCI still has enough bandwidth to manage 100% of the consumer sound cards, >90% of the consumer network cards and 75% of all other non-video cards, I think it's way too soon.

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @03:35PM (#32669284) Journal
    True, but Scan-line Interleave and Scalable Link Interface share not much more than an acronym and a marketing strategy...
  • USB-DB9 (Score:2, Insightful)

    by ProfessionalCookie ( 673314 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @03:49PM (#32669520) Journal
    haha, nobody told you about USB-DB9 adapters ;)
    Heehee [].

    At least Mac users have know about them for a while. Blessings,

  • by wonkavader ( 605434 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @03:50PM (#32669522)

    or any other chip maker willing to continue supporting PCI for a few years while the transition away from PCI finishes up.

  • Re:Now What? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Rudeboy777 ( 214749 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @04:02PM (#32669814)
    A Better Question is how am I going to hook up my legacy scsi array?

    A legacy system.

    A better Answer is copy data to non-legacy devices
  • Re:Now What? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @04:08PM (#32669910)

    There's no need to get upset about any of this, as TFA says:

    Just to be clear, these chipset are targeted at the consumer market while the new chipsets designed for the enterprise market (Q67, Q65 e B65) will continue to support the PCI bus.

  • by petermgreen ( 876956 ) <[ten.knil01p] [ta] [hsawgulp]> on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @04:08PM (#32669914) Homepage

    You can buy expansion cards that run a PCI bridge off the PCIe bus.
    The problem with that is the physical side of things. I've seen adaptors but if you plugged a non low-profile card into them (and IME most cards other than network cards aren't low profile and network cards probablly aren't worth plugging into an adaptor) it wouldn't

    I guess you could use one of those cards together with a big case and a flexible riser to put the card beyond the end of the motherboard but still a very messy soloution IMO.

    There are also external expansion soloutions but they are both expensive and IMO messy (you have to start thinking about things like power-up order when using them afaict)

    If there's a large enough market for industrial PCs that have PCI slots then no doubt some board maker will produce a motherboard with the chip built in.
    You can get core 2 boards with bloody ISA slots! It's pretty much a certainty that motherboard vendors will support PCI for years to come, the only question is at what price (for comparision IIRC the core 2 board with ISA slots was comparable in price to a high end gamer board).

  • Re:Now What? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by stewbacca ( 1033764 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @04:17PM (#32670052)

    Nice try, grasshopper, but the correct response to all those with no sense of humour is.. "whoosh"!

    1. Whoosh!
    2. Ruin stewbacca's first frosty piss ever
    3. ...
    4. Profit!

    In communist first post world, first post Whooshes you!

    Am I doing it right?

  • by boneclinkz ( 1284458 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @04:31PM (#32670270)

    I'd much rather have a 486 that I can run anything on, than a Core i7 that I can only run what Intel says I can.

    For some reason I don't believe this statement.

  • I wasn't aware... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by CCarrot ( 1562079 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @04:34PM (#32670318)

    ...that Intel was the only manufacturer of motherboards out there.

    Sure they're heavy hitters in the field, but if enough people and companies start buying AMD so they can use their 'legacy' PCI equipment in a native PCI slot, this could get interesting...

    I know of a company that had to switch laptop suppliers simply because the ones they had been using stopped supplying DSUB serial ports, which the company needed to interface with industrial monitoring and test equipment. The so-called USB / serial port adapter dongles didn't work worth crap for the equipment they were trying to interface with: they needed a native serial port. Yet they could still get the pretty-much-useless firewire support in just about every model...


  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @05:07PM (#32670876)

    You might want to tell the military VME is dead, They still use it heavily on ships, helicopters, unmanned drones, ... Compact PCI made some inroads, but no where near replaced VME. Looks like VPX might have a chance at seriously challenging VME, but it will be a long time before VME is dead.

  • My old computer (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Nethemas the Great ( 909900 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @05:43PM (#32671258)
    Thanks, you had to go and remind me that my computer is OLD... Holy crap! I've never had a workstation computer for 6 years and still used! Will wonders never cease. Thanks Linux!
  • by RzUpAnmsCwrds ( 262647 ) on Wednesday June 23, 2010 @08:55PM (#32672782)

    While the 6000 didn't make it to market, there are examples of them in the wild. I remember a few years back, it was reported that somebody had gotten hold of one and sold it on eBay, and the buyer posted benchmarks so that people could see what might have been.

    The amusing thing is that the Voodoo5 6000 draws around 4A (at 12V) at max load, which is 48W. Add in the PCI power and you're maybe up to 75W.

    75W is what a lower-mid-range GPU draws today. The hottest GPU today (NVIDIA GTX 480) is 250W, over 3 times hotter than the Voodoo5 6000.

  • Re:ok... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by adolf ( 21054 ) <> on Thursday June 24, 2010 @12:51AM (#32673848) Journal

    HDMI lag?

    Some displays have processing which involves a delay. My Samsung, for instance, adds a bit of delay for any input not listed as "PC" or "Game," regardless of whether it is VGA, component, or HDMI. (Presumably, it does this so that it can utilize some intra-frame data to do whatever it does, but for all I know it does it just to be annoying.)

    The VGA input defaults to PC. The others default to something else that produces a small amount of lag. They're all configurable, though.

    (This message is anecdotal instead of an actual attempt at help only because your rants are devoid of sufficient information that help might actually be possible.)

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