You’re probably thinking “Wait a minute Richard, it’s not May anymore!” which is why I titled this “May 32nd…”
At the PCI-SIG DevCon in June 2017 two announcements were made with regards to PCI Express specifications. The first is that the specification for PCIe 4.0 is now at version 0.9. The second and even more interesting announcement was of the new PCI Express 5.0 specification at the initial 0.3 version. With the PCI Express 5.0 announcement, the industry gets another doubling of speed from 16.0GT/s to 32GT/s per lane providing a bandwidth for a x16 (16 lanes) at about 128GB/s. The chart below provides a comparison for the different generations of PCIe rates and bandwidth.
Synopsys has a long history of working with ecosystem partners as part of the development process, especially when new versions of a specification are rolled out. The PCIe 4.0 specification has taken a long time, but that hasn’t slowed us down. If you remember from previous postings, some of our PCIe 4.0 demos include:
There will be many demos at PCI-SIG 2015 this week declaring readiness for PCIe 4.0. Synopsys is one of them and will be showing PCIe 4.0 controllers, PHYs and verification IP. Of course, it’s great that the industry ecosystem is gearing up to support PCIe 4.0, but the specification is still under development and we have a way to go before PCIe 4.0 is finalized.
All right, no monkeying around this year, I promise (mostly) not to make any IDFvs IDF jokes – mainly because nobody even tried to answer last year’s quiz question. (On that note, Scott and I had a quiz internally this spring for our field folks to see if they’d been following the blog… Let’s just say the results were NOT gratifying!)
Wow, the last weeks have been just crazy crazy! Luckily Scott’s been on top of the blog for the last month or so, or you might have thought we’d dropped off the face of the earth. Actually, May was very hectic for me – I don’t think I had more than 36 hours straight at home for the last few weeks of the month. Scott and I visited some customers out in Texas, then there was the semi-annual Synopsys FAE training, and finally (lo-and-behold) I took an actual vacation! Squeezing in a week in Europe between FAE training and Devcon seemed like a good idea when I scheduled it, but Murphy’s Law came into play on my return. My 12-hour layover at home turned into arriving the next morning, changing suitcases and catching a late afternoon flight 4hrs after I arrived! All for you dear readers, all so I could make it to the Developers Conference.
As I put the final touches on preparations for the PCI-SIG Developer’s Conference and getting ready to show you multiple demos for our recently announced support for PCI Express 4.0 there are exciting developments happening from Synopsys that will make your next SoC design easier. Let’s face it. Your goal is to build a product and there are multiple steps that have to be completed before the product is done while doing this under increasingly shorter time to market goals. This means that we are trying to do as many tasks as possible in parallel and they need to stay coordinated. Today, Synopsys announced our new IP Accelerated Initiative that focuses on enabling designers to incorporate IP into your SoC design flow at multiple levels of the design process by using a coordinated solution between IP prototyping kits, software development kits and customized IP subsystems.
Sorry, I’ve been very delinquent in posting – it’s been a busy month! As you might guess from the title, one of the things keeping me busy was doing last year’s income taxes. (Non-USA folks might not know the dread with which Americans approach April 15th each year – the day our income taxes are due.) Changing employers of course complicated things a little (apparently I managed to overpay Social Security) and I was lucky enough to have some nice gains in the stock market. Unfortunately I had some nice gains in the stock market so I went from filling out the “send us most of your money” tax forms to the “send us all your money” tax forms. A time-honored American tradition is finding legal ways to manipulate money so as to pay less in taxes – apparently I’m not very good at this!
What’s that? Yes, actually I *am* aware that New Year’s day was two weeks ago! What do you mean I’m late? No, no, wait I see the problem – not THAT kind of resolution (who keeps those anyway?), but the “number of pixels I can see” kind of resolution 🙂
I guess Heraclitus’ real quote is more like “Nothing endures but change” but I’m going to claim poetic license here and stick with “The only constant is change” – because I like the apparent contradiction better. Two events this week drove home the aptness of this quote to me. First we had the announcement that my previous employer LSI was being purchased by Avago. I’m not much of a business person, so I’m not sure quite how to interpret “drive LSI’s operating margins toward Avago’s current levels” but I do know how to interpret a stock price jump from around $8/share to around $11/share! (I believe the technical expression there is “Woo hoo!”) Second, we have a raft of internet news sources reporting that Calxeda is restructuring (or shutting down, depending on whose account you read). I don’t read “restructuring” (as Calxeda is quoted) quite the same as “shutting down”, but hey, we already established that I’m not a business guy. I guess I can’t complain too much about that use of poetic license though since I just exercised it at the top of this posting.