First, I’m sure there are some of you that look at this and think “what the heck”? PCIe being used in phones and tablet devices? How can that be? Rest assured PCIe has been used in mobile devices for a long time. Of course, laptops have been using it, but it’s also being used in phones and tablets for some time now. You may remember that PCIe with the MIPI M-PHY and say, that’s what Scott’s talking about, but no. This is the full blown PCI Express in these devices operating at 5.0GT/s and 8GT/s.
Doesn’t that sound like the end of a commercial to buy something? SPAM? It’s not. This isn’t a plug to buy something. I promise.
So long 2013, you were a great year for PCI Express (and for me personally) but your 365 days of fame are winding down as I write this. You gave us lots of new PCI Express features – especially around low-power. First you brought the L1 Substates ECN providing “traditional” PCIe PHYs with impressive power savings modes, and later on the M-PCIe ECN opening up the PCI Express infrastructure to MIPI M-PHYs in what Scott aptly described as A Match Made in Heaven. Later you even had the much anticipated M.2 Specification to define a wide variety of PCIe mobile-oriented plug-in cards which enable some exciting new PC/Tablet form-factors.
Yes, I said “burgers” and not “burghers” but more on that in a bit… I have to apologize for the lateness of this posting, I didn’t realize until I was writing the last one that I had NOT actually typed this up. So here I’ve been wondering why no burger/burgher cracks have been showing up in my inbox and it turns out that the main reason is this blog post has only been in my head until now. Sigh.
I’m in Japan this week and Taiwan next week for the PCI-SIG conference and we are showing demos for PCIe Gen3 PHYs and our M-PCIe controller with Gear3 MIPI M-PHYs. As part of our demo, we also showed Teledyne LeCroy‘s TeleScan PE Utility, which has just been updated to support M-PCIe and this is the first public appearance of the changes. The TeleScan PE utility allows a user to quickly look at the configuration status of a PCIe or M-PCIe interface, which is very useful to developers looking to see what’s going on inside of their chip. Using Synopsys’ “Industry’s First GEAR3 M-PCIe and M-PHY Demo”, we have taken a screen shot using the TeleScan PE Utility and it is shown below:
This has been one crazy summer for folks here in Colorado! First we had the massive wildfires – including one that came entirely too near to me, the Black Forest Fire:
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 was in Los Angeles, California visiting a friend that has been working in the movie business and it reminded me about the videos that we shot at PCI-SIG of the M-PCIe demos. After doing a few short videos over time, I have a whole new respect for the actors and actresses that make movies. It’s not as easy as it seems. At the beginning of the video “Industry’s First GEAR3 M-PCIe and M-PHY Demo”, I’m shrugging my shoulders after being told to loosen up and they caught that on tape and it’s now part of our demo. I have a hard time believing that was the best take and I’m going to have a conversation with the editing department! You should see the blooper reel they made as they turned this into a dancing Scott. Scary, very scary.
For some of you, you may ask “who is Richard Solomon”, others may ask “what were you thinking”? Richard is currently the Vice President of the PCI-SIG board, the governing body for PCI/PCI-X/PCI Express specifications and 90 days have already passed since Richard joined us here at Synopsys as a Technical Marketing Manager for PCI Express. We are excited to have him here and be a contributer to our PCI Express team and the great products that we produce.
In my last post, I discussed highlights from the recent 2013 PCI-SIG Developer’s Conference including PCIe 4.0, OCuLink and M-PCIe. I also provided information on the world’s first M-PCIe interoperability demo, which showcased M-PCIe solutions from Intel and Synopsys working together. I concluded with the promise of information on the second M-PCIe demo from Synopsys and more information on M-PCIe.