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Table Of Contents  CertiGuide to A+ (Core Hardware)
 9  Chapter 0000:  The Start of the PC
      9  IV  PC Technology Evolution

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PCI

While the bus wars loomed for several years, Intel ended it all by coming out with a royalty free expansion bus known as the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI).

This made Intel's stockholders very happy. Why? Unlike the VESA-VLB, PCI uses a chip set to control it, and, what does Intel make? Why chips of course.

So, here you have a new and very cool 32-bit expansion bus that will end the bus wars. Oh, you need a set of chips to control the expansion bus? Well, we at Intel can help you with that!! J (Tcat has never worked for Intel!)

Figure 8: PCI card. Notice that PCI contacts are narrow compared to ISA ones.

 


The PCI bus entered the stage in 1993. Near the end of the century, the PCI bus was finally overtaken by advances in other sub-systems, such as hard drive data transfer rates, as well as CPU and memory transfer rates. In Chapter 0001 you will see how the PCI bus gets a new lease on life.


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