"I'm not convinced it won't work. I'm just not convinced that it's going to add enough value to be a significant player," Brookwood said. PCI-SIG says it's studying how to make its specifications more attractive for SoC designs.
Where more power-efficient PCIe may turn heads is in thin and light laptops or the "two in one" PC-tablet systems Microsoft is pushing, Brookwood said. There, manufacturers still want to be able to configure products with various add-ons for networking, storage and graphics.
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