Posted by Richard Solomon on March 19, 2019
“…by the dawn’s early light..”
Ok, ok, so it was actually well after dawn (and I’m a known morning person, so I was at my normal full-speed) but I’m reliably informed that 8am is practically the middle of the night for Californians! Nonetheless, there were a surprising number of brave souls who showed up for my presentation at last week’s Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit.
If you weren’t awake enough to make an 8am session, or if you missed OCP entirely, you can watch the whole thing on YouTube:
Since you’re reading ExpressYourself, it will come as no surprise that the company demonstrating a 32GT/s PCIe 5.0 PHY was Synopsys! As further proof-of-life, OCP attendees could see it running across two of the new OCP form-factor connectors:
Lots of other PCI Express devices shown in the Expo Hall, including several from Synopsys’ customers showing off PCIe 4.0!
Definitely an interesting conference and I hope to present again next year – perhaps a little later in the day though 🙂
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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.