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    This blog is all about PCI Express: the wonderful ways that it enhances the products around you, the challenges designers face in implementation, and how the specification is evolving to make PCIe Express an even more useful protocol. I'll also examine how the other specifications, such as NVM Express, SATA Express and SCSI-Over-PCI Express (SOP) are leveraging PCI Express. If there is a topic that is of interest to you, feel free to "Express Yourself" by offering your insights on this blog.
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    Scott Knowlton

    I started out my career as a chip designer in a variety of industries and it’s likely that a few, of the more than 30 designs I’ve been responsible for, are still floating around somewhere in outer space. My IP career started at Synopsys in 1997 and over the last 15 years, I have seen tremendous changes in the semiconductor industry’s perception and adoption of IP. I started working on PCI Express in 2003 when Synopsys was getting ready to launch our first PCI Express IP solution. Since then, I have been managing the DesignWare PCI Express IP product line through all of the changes in the specification and the industry as it moves towards becoming the de-facto interconnect standard. I received a B.S.E.E from the University of Michigan (M Go Blue!), am an avid red wine drinker (love California reds) and use English as a second language when my fluency in sarcasm just doesn’t get the job done.

    Richard Soloman

    I’ve been involved in the development of PCI chips dating back to the NCR 53C810 and pre-1.0 versions of the PCI spec so have definitely lived the evolution of PCI Express and PCI since the very beginning! Over the years I have worked on variations of PCI, eventually moving on to architecting and leading the development of the PCI Express and PCI-X interface cores used in LSI’s line of storage RAID controller chips. For the last ten plus years I've also had the honor of serving on the PCI-SIG Board of Directors and holding a variety of officer positions. I am still involved in PCI-SIG workgroups and I present at many PCI-SIG events around the world. Back before the dawn of PCI, I received my B.S.E.E. from Rice University, and hold over two dozen U.S. Patents, many of which relate to PCI technology.

Welcome to 2013!

Posted by Scott Knowlton on January 24th, 2013

Happy New Year everyone! I wish you and your loved ones the best for 2013.

Unfortunately, this post is coming out a bit late as our Blog site was hit by a sophisticated malware attack and it was shut done for a while. Too bad these people don’t focus their efforts on improving the world.

To start the New Year, I spent part of the day watching football (American) with my beloved Michigan Wolverines playing in their final game of the year in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina’s Gamecocks. Great game! Unfortunately, I had to endure another loss with a touchdown in the last 11 seconds to give the Gamecocks the win and a final score of 33-28. I guess I need to switch to Michigan Basketball as they are doing very well this year. A man can endure only so many losses in one year! ;-)

I look forward to a new year working on PCI Express. I’m seeing a lot of activity on PCI Express 3.0 and several companies expressing interest in PCI Express 4.0. I can’t wait for the PCIe 4.0 specification to be finalized by PCI-SIG!

As a final thought. My daughters visited me at work and wrote on my whiteboard “Be Happy Every Day”. Good words to live by.

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