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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 Solomon

    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.

PCI Express at the Summit

Posted by Scott Knowlton on March 25th, 2013

Synopsys is hosting our annual user’s group meeting (SNUG) at the Santa Clara convention center this week. Within SNUG we feature an IP Summit which includes presentations and tutorials on many of the IPs that Synopsys offers. In this year’s SNUG, we have eight in-depth technical sessions on PCI Express, 10G SerDes, FinFETs, DDR4, embedded memories and standard logic libraries and more. If you haven’t already registered, you can register on-site and it’s free! To see what’s happening at the IP Summit, you can use the IP Summit at-a-glance here: http://www.synopsys.com/IP/Pages/ipsummit2013.aspx

The PCI Express, presentation “In the Cloud with PCI Express” we will be examining many of the changes in PCI Express to improve performance in the networking, storage and server products used to build the data center side of the Cloud. For the client side, it’s all about power. We will discuss changes in PCI Express to address lowering power, which is crucial to extend the battery life of our mobile devices.

I’ll be at the IP Summit for the Designer Community Expo on Monday night (4:00 to 8:00PM) and I’m the Moderator on Tuesday afternoon for the DDR4 and PCI Express presentations. Stop by and introduce yourself and let me know how PCI Express is used in your products.

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