PCIe® 6.0 Specification, Version 0.5: Now Available to Members

By Al Yanes, PCI-SIG Board Chair and President

We are starting 2020 with the release of version 0.5 of the PCI Express® (PCIe®) 6.0 specification incorporating the significant member feedback received on version 0.3. After momentous progress, we are proud to share that we are still on track to deliver the final PCIe 6.0 specification in 2021.

If you are a PCI-SIG member interested in voicing your feedback on future specification installments, we invite you to visit the members only section on the PCI-SIG website to learn more about how your company can become involved in work groups. If you haven’t yet joined PCI-SIG but are interested in shaping the future of the interconnect of choice, please visit the Become a Member page on our website for more information.

PCIe 6.0 Specification Features Overview

  • Data rate of 64 GT/s speeds, doubling the 32GT/s data rate of the PCIe 5.0 specification
  • PAM-4 (Pulse Amplitude Modulation with 4 levels) encoding
  • Low-latency Forward Error Correction (FEC) with additional mechanisms to improve bandwidth efficiency
  • Backwards compatibility with all previous specification generations

By doubling the bandwidth and diligently maintaining our strict timeline, we believe that we will be able to deliver the industry’s needs for throughput aligned with their timelines. Emerging data-hungry markets like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, High-Performance Computing and more, demand additional speed and capabilities that the newest PCI-SIG architecture will easily fulfill.

Learn More About PCIe 6.0 Technology

If you would like to learn more about PCIe 6.0 technology, we invite you to follow our Twitter and LinkedIn channels and keep an eye out for upcoming webinars. Additionally, the upcoming PCI-SIG Developers Conference 2020 on June 3-4 in Santa Clara will feature technical deep dives into the PCIe 6.0 features. Registration for the PCI-SIG DevCon will open in the coming months.