Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.
The PCI Express 2.0 specification has been ratified by the PCI Express Special Interest Group. The most notable benefit of PCI-E v2.0 is doubling the interconnect bit-rate to 5Gbps. With the PCI Express 2.0 standard, the bandwidth for a PCI Express x16 slot is now at 16Gbps! Other improvements in this latest standard include dynamic link speed management, link bandwidth notification, capability structure expansion, access control services, completion timeout control, function-level reset, and power limit redefinition. More on the PCI-E 2.0 specification can be read at PCI-SIG.