Intel Gives Up on Advanced Switching Interconnect

Intel and a few other chip makers have decided not to build products with Advanced Switching Interconnect (ASI), a variation of PCI Express for communications and embedded systems. Intel proposed the PCI Express concept in December 2000 as a way to bring a technology that was software-compatible with the parallel PCI bus into the world of serial, gigahertz interconnects. From the start, Express was supposed to consider the needs of communications and embedded systems, with a set of extensions tailored to their needs. Those extensions soon grew to a complete rewrite of the PCI Express transaction layer and were spun off as the Advanced Switching initiative.