PCI Bus Demystified / Edition 2

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The Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Bus Specification is probably the most successful mechanism for fast communication between peripheral devices and the computer processor in history;it is present inside every modern PC. Originally intended only as a way to connect chips on desktop PC motherboards, PCI quickly acquired connectors to permit users and system integrators to add in "slot cards" to their desktop and industrial PCs. It has become a standard for accommodating multiple high-performance peripherals for graphics, full motion video, SCSI, LAN, etc.

This book is a practical guide to the PCI bus, aimed at hardware and software designers who need to understand the intricacies of its workings. The book covers PCI Local Bus Specification version 2.2 and other recent developments, including the new PCI Hot-Plug Specification, changes to the PCI-to-PCI Bridge Architecture Specification, revisions to the PCI Bus Power Management Interface Specification, and the new features of the PCI BIOS Specification.

Anyone who designs or tests hardware or software involving the PCI bus will find this book a valuable resource for understanding and working with this crucial technology.

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Audience: Hardware engineers involved with the design of microprocessor-based systems or the peripherals that connect to such systems.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Aimed at hardware and software designers, this book is a practical guide to the PCI Bus found in every modem PC. The guide begins with an overview of key PCI Bus concepts, including commands, read-and-write transfers, memory and I/O addressing, error handling, and interrupts. It then goes on to more advanced topics, such as PCI-to-PCI bridge architecture and the PCI BIOS. (One possible design application for the PCI Bus is for developing an interface card for controlling a robot from a PC.)

The accompanying CD-ROM includes a free, fully searchable eBook version of the text. In addition, a Web site for the book (www.pcidemystified) covers new PCI developments, offers supplemental materials, and provides a reader's forum.

PCI Bus Demystified Gets Down to Basics:
PCI is the mainstay for PC and many embedded-system designs, therefore designers need to be aware of its methods, mechanisms, and nuances. PCI Bus Demystified, written by Doug Abbott for LLH Technology Publishing, does this in enough technical detail to impress PCI interface designers and simply enough to enlighten engineers and programmers acquainted with the PCI bus from plugging in a few PCI adapters.

The book starts with a good overview of ISA and PCI and then dives into the bus protocol, along with optional and advanced features. The section on mechanical and electrical design will be handy for those dealing with motherboard or daughterboard designs, as well as those interested in all aspects of the PCI bus.

Standard and Compact PCI hardware is presented but the latest MiniPCI specification is not addressed. The latter is of interest to laptop designers and embedded designers that are space limited. Compact PCI is well addressed and probably the most important to embedded designers.

All aspects of PCI design and standards are examined, including hot-plug and hot-swap support, "plug and play" operation, and PCI BIOS support. Overall, the topics are presented well and useful for learning and reference purposes.
Bill Wong, Embedded Technologies/Software Editor, Electronic Design

"...enough technical detail to impress PCI interface designers and simple enough to enlighten engineers and programmers acquainted with the PCI bus from plugging in a few PCI adapters." ELECTRONIC DESIGN

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750677394
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 3/19/2004
  • Series: Demystifying Technology Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Abbott is a consultant with over thirty years’ experience, specializing in hardware and software for industrial and scientific data acquisition and embedded product applications. Doug is also a popular instructor and seminar leader, who teaches classes in PC technology and real-time programming for University of California Berkeley Extension. He has taught the techniques of real-time programming and multi-tasking operating systems to hundreds of professional engineers.
Doug Abbott is the principal of Intellimetrix, a consulting firm in Silver City, NM, specializing in hardware and software for industrial and scientific data acquisition and embedded product applications. Among his past and pre-sent clients are Agilent Technologies, Tektronix, Sandia National Laboratory and numerous smaller high-tech com-panies in Silicon Valley.

Mr. Abbott has over thirty years experience in various aspects of computer hardware and software design and has been an independent consultant for the past fifteen years. Prior to founding Intellimetrix, he managed software de-velopment for DSP Technology, Inc, a leading supplier of high-speed instrumentation.

Doug is also a popular instructor and seminar leader, who teaches classes in PC technology and real-time program-ming for University of California Berkeley Extension. He has taught the techniques of real-time programming and multi-tasking operating systems to hundreds of professional engineers. These classes can also be customized and made available for on-site presentation.

Mr. Abbott received an MSEE degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introducing the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Bus 1
Ch. 2 Arbitration 15
Ch. 3 Bus Protocol 23
Ch. 4 Optional and Advanced Features 41
Ch. 5 Electrical and Mechanical Issues 51
Ch. 6 Plug and Play Configuration 77
Ch. 7 PCI Bridging 101
Ch. 8 System Configuration and the PCI BIOS 123
Ch. 9 CompactPCI 137
Ch. 10 Hot Plug and Hot Swap 153
Ch. 11 Introduction to PCI-X 171
Ch. 12 PCI-X Protocol 175
Ch. 13 PCI-X Configuration and Initialization 199
Ch. 14 PCI-X Electrical and Mechanical Features 217
App. A Class Codes 235
App. B Connector Pin Assignments 241
Index 245
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