Tuesday, November 24

Four times faster than PCIe 4.0, PCIe 6.0 is on track for 2021

The PCI-SIG consortium, in charge of establishing and ratifying what will be the technical specificities of the next PCIe standards, among others, gives us news of PCIe 6.0… which should arrive from next year.

The PCIe 6.0 standard should be ratified next year ... but its arrival in our PCs is not for now

The PCIe 6.0 standard should be ratified next year… but its arrival in our PCs is not for now // Gamesdone: Malachi Brooks – Unsplash

At regular intervals, the PCI-SIG (Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group), a consortium made up of representatives from AMD, Dell, HP, Nvidia, IBM, Intel and Qualcomm, takes stock of the progress of the next standards. PCIe. After PCIe 4.0 (established in 2017 but deployed in mass to the general public only since last year) and PCIe 5.0 (ratified only last year), it is the turn of the PCIe 6.0 standard to come to fruition small little by little.

PCI-SIG shared a few days ago a note stating that version 0.7 of the new standard is now official. Information supplemented by another: the specifications of the final version should for their part be ratified next year.

Lightning-fast new standard for home and business

As summarized by the specialized site TechPowerUp, the PCIe 6.0 standard should allow a significant improvement in transfer speeds compared to previous generations. Mention is made of speeds twice as high as PCIe 5.0 and four times as high as with the current PCIe 4.0 standard. Compared to PCIe 3.0 which is gradually disappearing from the market, PCIe 6.0 should be up to eight times faster.

Still, you have nothing to worry about if you have just switched to a machine equipped with PCIe 4.0: if PCIe 6.0 is on track to be formalized in 2021, it will not arrive on the consumer PC market. before at least 2023/2024, the time for the industry to first develop products compatible with PCIe 5.0 in mass, then to look at the next standard and its even higher speeds.

It should be noted, however, that the PCI-SIG has accelerated the movement in terms of certification in recent years: between 2017 and 2021, it will normally have ratified three versions of PCIe, against only one (PCIe 3.0) between 2010 and 2017.

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