Silicon Integrated Systems believes that its main board partners will start commercial production of their products featuring PCI Express slots and SiS core-logic next month, much before the competition.
SiS has announced SiS965 and SiS965L I/O controllers with support for PCI Express x1 lanes. It is not clear whether add-in PCI Express x1 cards will be available in June 2004, but leading developers of graphics cards are expected to supply their new PEG x16 offerings in June. The company has not introduced its North Bridges with support for PCI Express x16 for graphics cards bus.
The SiS965L features two PCI-Express x 1 ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, 8 channel sound, 10/100 LAN, 2 Serial ATA-150 (supporting hot plug functionality) and 2-channel Parallel ATA-33/66/100/133.
The advanced version of the chip, SiS965 is expected to feature 2 PCI-Express x1 ports, 6 PCI ports, 4 Serial ATA-150 ports with hot plug functionality and RAID, 2-channel Parallel ATA-33/66/100/133, 10/100/1000Mb/s Ethernet, 8 USB 2.0 ports, 8-channel sound, etc.
Clients of SiS such as Asus, ASRock, and Gigabyte, are currently incorporating SiS965L chipsets that are already under in mass production into their R&D designs. SiS965L can be paired with various mass-produced northbridge chips such as the SiS648FX, SiS655FX, SiS655TX, and SiS661FX for Intel Platforms, and the SiS748, SiS755, SiS755 FX, SiS760 for AMD platforms.
"The SiS965 makes the SiS product line even stronger, giving SiS customers the opportunity to have the benefits of PCI Express and integrated Gigabit LAN.” Said by Michael Chen, the president and CEO of SiS.