|[February 26, 2013]
PCI-SIG and MIPI Alliance Announce Mobile PCIe (M-PCIe) Specification
BARCELONA, Spain --(Business Wire)--
PCI (News - Alert)-SIG® and MIPI®
Alliance today announced the start of procedural reviews of the
M-PCIe™ (Mobile PCI Express®) specification, leading to its completion
and availability. The new specification enables PCI Express (PCIe®)
architecture to operate over the MIPI M-PHY® physical layer technology,
extending the benefits of the PCIe I/O standard to mobile devices
including thin laptops, tablets and smartphones. The M-PCIe
specification is expected to be available to PCI-SIG members in early Q2
on the PCI-SIG
The adaptation of PCIe protocols to operate over the M-PHY physical
layer provides the Mobile industry with a low-power, scalable solution
that enables interoperability and a consistent user experience across
multiple devices. The layered architecture of the PCIe I/O technology
facilitates the integration of the power-efficient M-PHY with its
extensible protocol stack to deliver best-in-class and highly scalable
I/O functionality for mobile devices.
"M-PCIe brings the necessary architecture to support advancement in
tablets and smartphones as they take on the role of primary computing
devices," said Al Yanes, Chairman and President, PCI-SIG. "The Mobile
maket is rapidly evolving and so are consumer expectations, placing an
emphasis on low-power with increased performance for a better user
"M-PCIe offers developers power-efficiency with high scalability using
the PCIe protocol," said Brian O'Rourke, Senior Principal Analyst, IHS (News - Alert).
"The implementation of M-PCIe will provide the Mobile industry with
truly scalable PCIe solutions to meet consumer demand for next
generation mobile devices."
"The M-PCIe specification provides the Mobile industry with decades of
innovation in PCIe technology coupled with the proven M-PHY physical
layer that meets low-power requirements needed for today's mobile device
platforms," said Joel Huloux, Chairman of the Board, MIPI Alliance.
"Device manufacturers can drastically reduce the time for product
development and validation, and MIPI Alliance is pleased to deliver this
specification in partnership with PCI-SIG."
M-PCIe is an Engineering Change Notice to the PCIe 3.0 Base
specification. The initial application of this technology is anticipated
to be high-performance wireless communications with other applications
based on device design requirements. Implementations are expected in the
handheld device market, including smartphones, tablets and other
ultra-low power applications.
Implementers of this technology must be members of both PCI-SIG and MIPI
Alliance in order to leverage member benefits, including access to
licensing rights and specification evolutions.
PCI-SIG is the consortium that owns and manages PCI specifications as
open industry standards. The organization defines industry standard I/O
(input/output) specifications consistent with the needs of its members.
Currently, PCI-SIG is comprised of nearly 800 industry-leading member
companies. To join PCI-SIG, and for a list of the Board of Directors,
About MIPI Alliance
MIPI Alliance is a global, collaborative organization comprised of
companies that span the mobile ecosystem and are committed to defining
and promoting interface specifications for mobile devices. MIPI
Specifications establish standards for hardware and software interfaces
which drive new technology and enable faster deployment of new features
and services. For more information, visit www.mipi.org.
PCI-SIG, PCI Express, PCIe, PCI-X and Conventional PCI are trademarks
or registered trademarks of PCI-SIG.
MIPI® and M-PHY® are registered marks of MIPI Alliance, Inc.
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