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So long Shanghai! Toodle-oo Tokyo! Hello … Kitty??!?!?

Wow, it’s been QUITE the busy week here!  I’m actually out at the PCI-SIG Developers Conference Asia-Pacific Tour 2015 and it’s been very much a whirlwind.  It’s been 10 years since the PCI-SIG was in China, and while that trip might have been memorable for my 2.2 seconds of “fame” on Chinese TV, the China event was held in Beijing and not Shanghai, so the PCI-SIG team didn’t have any experience with this venue.  That translated to my flying out Sunday morning to get to China Monday night so we’d have Tuesday to prepare for Wednesday’s show.  I had a direct flight from LAX to Shanghai’s PVG on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.  While ExpressYourself readers may recall that I’ve griped about some details on that aircraft (which seem to have been improved by this trip) I will say this – it’s a VERY quiet plane!  Landing after 13 1/2 hours or so I realized “Hey, I never put my noise cancelling headphones on!” so here’s an official ExpressYourself attaboy (sorry, no cash value) to the team at Boeing!

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IDF Wrapup (aka Thursday’s IOT)

Yes, yes, I noticed that it’s not Thursday any more, thus the title change.  I feel like the IDF wrapup is somewhat anticlimactic though, so I hope you all weren’t hovering over your keyboards waiting for a grand finale.

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Wednesday’s IOT (IDF Of Today)

All rightee then – I’m glad to say the Live Blog format got a reaction 😀  Oddly enough it was a mixed reaction – with some folks being all over it, and others thinking it was over the top…  I know, who would have thought *I* would be over the top????

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Tuesday’s IOT (IDF Of Today)

I swear “IoT” must be the most overused term of 2015, so I’m coopting it in protest – though I’ll change the capitalization out of sheer orneriness  😉

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It’s August???? Where am I?

When did THAT happen? The last thing I remember clearly was PCI-SIG Developer’s Conference – and that was June…  Next I know Scott’s banging on the door of my hotel room and yelling something about IDF????? Apparently I’m in San Francisco (which is odd, because I’d swear that last week I was in Milpitas as some of you know), and there were gray Synopsys shirts hanging in my closet so I threw one on and ran over to Moscone to help set up our booth….

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Synopsys at PCI-SIG 2015

Richard and I will be at PCI-SIG. For any of you that go to PCI-SIG, you know Richard will be doing several presentations, some for PCI-SIG and some for Synopsys, so you can find him walking around. For me, you’ll be able to find me in the sessions or at the Synopsys booth during the exhibit times. Catch us or stop by the booth and tell us about your latest PCIe projects. Both of us love to hear about the latest ways you’re using PCI Express in your designs. We also like it when you tell us you read the blog.

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Low Power, Phones, Tablets and PCIe, Oh My!

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.

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“Soon” is finally “now!” – PCIe 4.0 draft 0.5 released today

Yes, yes, I know that I’ve been saying for months that we’d see the next draft (0.5) of PCIe 4.0 “soon”.  Yes, I know that “soon” is not usually considered “3-4 months” – but in my defense, remember that we’re talking about standards here…. and hitting the same year as originally promised is often considered above-average performance 🙁

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PCI-SIG Israel: “Gen4” 16GT/s Live Wires and the Dead Sea

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…

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‘Twas the night before Christmas

When all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a…

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