PC vendor Compaq has announced it is ready to ship elements of its Hot Plug PCI technology on an OEM basis. The technology allows users to expand, upgrade or replace PCI cards while servers are still running, the company said.
It will start by providing development platforms to other PC OEMs so they can write software drivers for the technology and has completed the first draft of a spec submitted to a committee pushing the proposed standard.
The move is part of Compaq?s ambition to capture the potentially lucrative server market and follow other R&D developments including Raid technology, hot plug hard drives, redundant power supplies and server array clustering.
The company has struck deals with a number of other hardware vendors including Adaptec, Mylex, Bus Logic and Syskonnect to push for the adoption of its Hot Plug PCI as an industry standard. It is also getting help from Microsoft, Novell and SCO on the software side.
A Compaq executive chairs an industry workgroup to write the specification.
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