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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.
  • About the Author

    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.

Richard’s First Webinar! Oh, and M-PCIe too…

Posted by Richard Solomon on August 23rd, 2013

Oh darn, I almost forgot!  If you’ve enjoyed my live shows, I mean presentations, mark your calendars for Tuesday August 27th at 9am Pacific and head on over to http://seminar2.techonline.com/registration/wcIndex.cgi?sessionID=synopsys_aug2713 along with two or three hundred of your closest friends and sign up for my first ever attempt at a webinar.

I’ll start out giving a brief overview of what M-PCIe is – but of course you know at least some of that, because you read Scott’s posting last month didn’t you?  Then I’ll go over key differences between using a PCIe PHY and an M-PHY for M-PCIe, and talk through some of the important points you’ll need to understand in order to move from developing PCIe devices to developing M-PCIe devices.  Don’t worry, I will also go over some things you’ll want to consider in deciding *IF* you even want get into M-PCIe development – or just sleep through the remainder of the webinar.

Hey, no snoring!  Apparently I’ll be talking to you, but you’ll have to type in questions to me – so I won’t hear you if you do snore, but your co-workers might, so try not to do that, ok?  I guess that system lets us filter out all the offers to take 10% of the one bazillion dollars your uncle’s former oil company mistakenly deposited in some dead dictator’s bank account in a former Soviet republic.  On the whole I’d still rather be talking about some of the oddities of M-PCIe’s clock rates and what you’ll need to do to account for them than trying to figure out how not to get killed collecting that money!

I admit that becoming knowledgeable about M-PCIe may not pay as well as robbing peasants, but how many third-world dictators can tell you the difference between PIPE and RMMI???  Well, sure, I guess all those that attend my webinar will be able to.  Hmmmm, I wonder if there’s even an occupation check box on the registration form for “Third World Dictator”?  (Ok, admit it - how many of you clicked through just to see if you could?  Now that you did, why not go ahead and show up for the webinar - there’s a full money-back guarantee* involved.) 

Oh yeah, I’ve been saying “I” a lot, but Scott will be there too – maybe I should run a poll via the comment field and let you vote on whether I should a) let Scott talk at all or b) sit down, shut up, and let him run the whole thing!  Of course, based on what WordPress tells me, the only people commenting are bots for various internet scams, so maybe I’ll have to count all the posts for vitamin supplements for Scott, and all the ones for work-at-home scams for me!  That might be a surprisingly close race still.

As always, thanks for reading Express Yourself and if you haven’t already subscribed – well, what are you waiting for???


P.S. I’m told by the marketing communications folks that blog postings on Fridays get fewer readers… post a comment and show me they’re wrong!  (See what I did there?)

*Yes, Virginia, that’s because there’s no charge for the webinar, so it’s an easy guarantee to make.  How much do you think they pay me anyway???

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