PCI Bus Demystified


  • Doug Abbott, President, Intellimetrix, Inc., Silver City, NM, USA President, Intellimetrix, Inc., Silver City, NM, USA

The peripheral component interconnect (PCI) bus is the dominant bus system used to connect the different elements making up today's high-performance computer systems. Different PCI implementations have also been developed for such applications as telecommunications and embedded computing. If an application calls for high speed, high reliability, flexible configuration, and bus mastering, then PCI is the only logical bus choice. This book is an applications-oriented introduction to the PCI bus, with an emphasis on implementing PCI in a variety of computer architectures. Special attention is given to industrial and mission-critical applications of PCI bus.
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Hardware engineers involved with the design of microprocessor-based systems or the peripherals that connect to such systems.


Book information

  • Published: March 2004
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7739-4


"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... 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 In addition to encompassing a wealth of knowledge, this book is full of helpful diagrams, charts, and illustrations that give the reader a visual reference along with the text. PCI Bus Demystified should not be overlooked - CompactPCI Systems May/June 2004 "PCI Bus Demystified is an excellent text that includes all aspects of PCI design and is written with focus on both hardware as well as software designers. The book is organized in a thorough introduction to PCI and PCI-X and is divided into two parts. First part is an introduction to the basic concepts of PCI and second part is related to PCI-X...This book is a useful introductory book for PCI and PCI-X...Most of the chapters include liberal amount of figures and tables that make the book easy to understand." - E-Streams, Vol. 8, No. 3, March 2005

Table of Contents

Preface;INTRODUCING THE PERIPHERAL COMPONENT INTERCONNECT (PCI) BUS: bus taxonomy; PCI signals; signal groups; signal types; sideband signals; definitions; ARBITRATION: the arbitration process; bus parking; latency; BUS PROTOCOL: PCI bus commands; read/write transactions; transaction termination; error detection and reporting; OPTIONAL AND ADVANCED FEATURES: interrupt handling; the interrupt acknowledge command; 64-bit extensions; ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ISSUES: signaling environments; timing specifications; 66 MHz PCI; mechanical details; PLUG AND PLAY CONFIGURATION: configuration address space; configuration header; base address registers; expansion ROM; PCI BIOS: operating modes; BIOS services; generate special cycle; PCI BRIDGING: bridge types; configuration address types; bus hierarchy and bus number registers; address filtering; prefetching and posting; interrupt handling across a bridge; palette snooping; resource locking; COMPACT PCI: mechanical implementation; electrical implementation; Compact PCI bridging; HOT PLUG AND HOT SWAP: PCI Hot Plug; Hot Plug primitives; Compact PCI Hot Swap; primitives; Index