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PCI-SIG Announces Final PCI-Express 6.0 Specifications

The PCI Special Interest Group, or PCI-SIG, has announced final specifications for the interface PCI-Express 6.0, moment that comes just 1 week after the first controllers and storage units that take advantage of PCIe 5.0 for commercial use have been announced.

“The PCI-SIG is pleased to announce the release of the PCIe 6.0 specification less than three years after the PCIe 5.0 specification,” said Al Yanes, PCI-SIG President.

“PCIe 6.0 technology is the scalable, cost-effective interconnect solution that will continue to impact data-intensive markets such as data center, AI/ML, HPC, automotive, IoT, and military/aerospace, while protects industry investments by maintaining backwards compatibility with all previous generations of PCIe technology.”

PCI-Express 6.0 promises to double the speed of PCI-Express 5.0, and this translates into transfer speeds of 64 GT/s with a bandwidth of 256 GB/s using a x16 slot.

“There is a growing demand for ever-increasing performance in many segments of the data center, such as high-performance computing and AI,” said Ashish Nadkarni, Group Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms, and Technologies at IDC.

“In three to five years’ time, the application landscape will look very different, and companies are likely to start updating their roadmaps accordingly.” Advancing an established standard like the PCIe 6.0 architecture will serve the industry to establish a composable infrastructure for high-performance computing use cases.”