Vendors Unite on Peripherals StandardBy Sharon Linsenbach | Posted 2007-11-06 Email Print
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Dell, HP, NVIDIA and other systems and components manufacturers announce a new peripherals monitoring and control standard.System builders will be able to supervise peripherals more carefully following the launch of an industry standard for real-time monitoring and control of PC peripheral performance.
An initiative lead by NVIDIA in conjunction with Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Alienware, Falcon Northwest, Coolermaster and Thermaltake, among others, has led to the Enthusiast System Architecture.
According to the companies, the standard is based on the current USB HIB (Human Interface Device) class specification and will support chassis, power supplies, and water and air cooling peripherals.
Wallace Santos, founder of system builder Maingear, said ESA's efficient mechanism for debugging hardware inside systems will make an arduous task much simpler and reduce overall support costs.
ESA-compliant systems, including motherboards and components, will be available starting at the end of this month, the companies said.