In-Stat/MDR has made a report about the adoption of PCI Express. They expect that the increased performance, improved latency and Quality-of-Service guarantees for data delivery in real team presented by the new PCI Express architecture will lead to a rapid adoption of this technology by PC manufacturer and vendors. The mass production of PCI Express chipsets will happen in Q2 2004 according to them.
PCI Express represents a second attempt to establish a universal Input/Output (I/O) architecture for PCs, servers, and workstations. The first attempt, PCI, is still the primary architecture for the vast majority of machines on the market. However, the need for increased speed in servers, as well as for graphics in higher-end machines, led to PCI offshoots, PCI-X and Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) respectively, which fragmented the PCI market. “Leading PC vendors all have PCI Express on their roadmaps, and its adoption in new PCs beginning in 2004 is certain,” says Brian O’Rourke, a Senior Analyst with In-Stat/MDR.
In-Stat/MDR has also found that:
For similar PC types, consumer segments will adopt PCI Express before corporate segments because of the lack of requirements for stable platforms, consistent configurations, or Information Technology (IT) qualification in the consumer segment
Desktop PCs will adopt PCI Express before notebooks due to shorter design cycles.
Intel is expected to be among the first to market with their PCI Express chipsets in the second and third quarters of 2004. NVIDIA, VIA and SiS are expected to release chipsets within one quarter of Intel’s release date.