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.
I’ve just spent the last couple of days at PCI-SIG’s DevCon and all I can say is WOW! I’ve been working with PCIe since 2003 and have been to every PCI-SIG Developer’s Conference since then. I don’t recall there ever being one with such a high level of excitement and large attendance as this one. I’m sure this DevCon had record attendance.
While PCI Express has been the dominant interconnect for chips that target personal computing, digital home, server, storage and networking applications, it has yet to be popular in products for the mobile market. Battery based devices like tablets and smartphones have ultra-low power requirements, placing a completely different emphasis on PCI Express. Great strides have been made to reduce power in the PCI Express protocol, with enhancements like half-swing drivers, Dynamic Power Allocation (DPA) controls, Latency Tolerance Reporting (LTR), Optimized Buffer Flush/Fill (OBFF) and the relatively new power-saving L1 Substates. However, the challenges of driving PCI Express’ high data rates across 16” to 20” server channels have kept the power requirements of the PCI Express PHYs well above what mobile devices can tolerate. If PCI Express was ever going to extend into the world of ultra-low power mobile devices, something drastic would have to be done.