Well, we’re back from the PCI-SIG Developers Conference Israel 2015 and by now, between Scott and me we might make up one coherent person! (I know, given the blog frequency lately, you probably thought Scott and I had been kidnapped by aliens. I have no comment on that beyond “We’re back!“) This was the third Israel DevCon and as always I was pleased with the fantastic turnout. I mean, it’s a hardship going to Israel, but somehow we tough it out…
Now that my kids are back to school, things are calming down slightly. Well, ok, the chaos is shifting gears 🙂 I’m still recovering from IDF last week, and I owe you all a blog post about that, but I’ve been remiss in advising you of how you too can get “back to school” … with an upcoming Webinar on challenges you’ll face in PCI Express 4.0 design.
For those of you that didn’t get to see our demos at PCI-SIG DevCon, you can view these new summer blockbusters featuring the latest videos with your favorite Synopsys PCI Express Controller and PHY IP. These videos are rated two thumbs up by Scott and Richard!
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.
For those of you coming to the PCI-SIG DevCon, you should stop by and visit the Synopsys booth (Booth 8 ) to learn about our high-quality, silicon-proven DesignWare IP portfolio for PCI Express, which includes controllers, PHYs and verification IP. See how our robust IP development methodology, extensive investment in quality, IP prototyping, software development, and comprehensive technical support enables designers to accelerate time-to-market and reduce integration risk.
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.
This seems strange to ask you, but “are you ready to start designing with PCI Express 4.0?” Why does it seem strange to ask? It’s because PCI Express 4.0 was announced in November 2011 and the 0.3 version of the specification isn’t out yet (although I hear that it could happen in a few days). My very first blog posting was about PCI Express 4.0 on November 4th, 2012 “World Domination: PCI Express (4), Dr. Evil (0)”. With so much time passing, why would I write about it today and ask if you’re ready to start designing with PCI Express 4.0? Here is why: Synopsys announced our PCI Express 4.0 solution today. You can read all about it via our press release “Synopsys Unveils Industry’s First Complete PCI Express 4.0 solution”. We are providing digital controllers, PHYs and Verification IP that all support the new 16GT/s speeds in the PCI Express 4.0 specification, so you can include PCI Express 4.0 into your latest designs. Here are the highlights from the press release:
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!
Well, I should know better, but in my New Year’s Resolution post I said “Those of you who are PCI-SIG members should soon see what PCI-SIG calls the ‘0.3 draft’ of PCIe 4.0…” Sigh. Did I say “soon”? I meant, “eventually” – oh crud, no, let’s be honest, I meant “soon”. If truth be told, I really thought “soon” would be before the end of Q1 … yeah, I know, that’s today…thus this blog posting.