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But pathway speed only 100MHz

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The industry got its first sniff of the long awaited PCI-X connection technology yesterday as Compaq released the first prototype computers for testing.

The connection standard was put forward originally in 1998 by Compaq, HP and IBM as a way of doubling the speed of the PCI pathway. Intel was on board not long afterwards. It was originally expected to make it to market in 1999, but in a break from IT industry tradition, the project is running later than timetabled.

There are no concrete release dates and product availability announcements yet, but don't expect anything before the middle of 2001, a spokesman for Compaq says.

So far, the company has released an upgrade to its Proliant 8500 servers which also serves as a developer's kit for those who want to work with the new standard. However, it so far only runs at 100MHz, still short of the promised 133MHz. ®

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More information about the standard can be found here and a white paper from 1999 can be found here.

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