Well, one of my other project is going nowhere for now (working on a consumer friendly Bitcoin miner); so, I decided to take a break and do something else. After a lot of searching and nagging emails, I finally scored a PCI Express ASIC chip for a descent price. This chip has 16 ports and can be configured in different modes. The initial board will be configured in x4 (Upstream/PC) and 12 x1 Downstream to 12 USB3.0 ports for compatibility with the popular GPU risers everyone is familiar with.
Would like to gauge interest. It's an ambitious project; it really needs a market that can absorb a 1000 of these cards in order for it to be much more economical than the alternative (more motherboards, ram, CPU, etc.).
@1000, the current "High" price estimate for the end consumer would be around $138.00. Either way, I'm still going to engineer it, but will be checking back before putting in a bulk order. If there is anyone that can help with driver support, that would be very nice.
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