Virtualization technology essentially componentizes a computer system into the following:
The PCI-SIG Compliance workshop #84 is taking place December 4-7 in Milpitas, California. At the workshop, you can test your PCIe 3.0 device as part of the “official FYI testing” to see if your product passes compliance. However, “FYI” testing is “For Your Information” and not “official testing”, so even if your product passes compliance you won’t be able to list it on the PCIe 3.0 Integrator’s list because this is only FYI testing. Based on the ramp for Gen1 and Gen2, I’d expect “official testing” for Gen 3 to begin by mid next year.
Why 4? PCI-SIG announced last November the fourth generation of the PCI Express specification operating at 16GT/s providing twice the throughput of PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0. This is the fourth generation of a standard that has replaced PCI, PCI-X and AGP to become the de-facto interconnect in digital office, servers, networking, digital home, storage and is quickly improving its position in mobile as well. BTW: What’s a MIPI?