Robust Solution Enhances Yield and Performance of PCIe®3.0 Products
BURLINGTON, ON, June 20, 2011 /CNW/ - The Gennum (TSX: GND) Snowbush IP Group, a leader in high-speed serial interface IP (intellectual property),
announced that Hitachi Ltd., Information & Telecommunication Systems
Company-Micro Device Division, Japan, has selected its PCI Express® 3.0 PHY IP and the Inventure Z-core PCI Express 3.0 Controller IP, for
its next generation chips. Snowbush IP and Inventure will be
demonstrating the solution at the upcoming PCI-SIG Developers Conference on June 22-23, 2011, in Santa Clara, California.
With twice the throughput of PCI Express 2.0 in the same board area, PCIe 3.0 is expected to deploy quickly, given the explosion in content pressing
the computing, storage and server markets. The combination of
Inventure's Controller with the Snowbush PHY IP provides a solution
that helps chip manufacturers rapidly design and implement PCIe
3.0-enabled products, speeding time to market.
"In our constant drive to develop better performing and higher yielding
products for our customers, we look for IP vendors with the expertise
to deliver integrated solutions to meet our exacting specifications.
Snowbush IP and Inventure do just that," said Nobuo Tamba, General
Manager of the Design and Development Operation, Micro Device Division,
Information & Telecommunication Systems Company, Hitachi, Ltd.
"Snowbush IP and Inventure provided us with exceptional support,
enabling us to launch a very robust PCI Express 3.0 solution."
"Working with Snowbush IP to provide an integrated solution to establish
interoperability for Hitachi fulfills our mission of offering a
complete vertical solution for PCIe 3.0, including both the Digital
Controller and the PHY," said Hironori Ando, Director and CTO,
Inventure, Inc. "Our high performance and high quality, area and power
optimized configurable Z-core PCI Express 3.0 Controller is a perfect
match for the Snowbush PHY. The endorsement of our joint customer,
Hitachi, is proof that we are succeeding."
"Data throughput demands are driving the need for better performing
interfaces such as PCI Express 3.0," said Kevin Walsh, Marketing
Director, Snowbush IP. "Our PCI Express 3.0 PHY offers advanced
adaptation and programmability to meet the challenge of difficult and
non-compliant channel characteristics. We give our customers the
additional margin they need to be confident that their interfaces will
exceed their performance requirements."
About the Solution
The Snowbush PHY conforms to PCI Express 3.0 Version 1.0, and has been
licensed by multiple companies. It has a small silicon footprint and
consumes little power, given its advanced performance. Its architecture
includes a receive side (Rx) Continuous Time Linear Equalizer (CTLE)
and a power optimized 5-tap Decision Feedback Equalizer with edge and
center detection, which extend the PHYs performance beyond standard PCI
Express 3.0 channels, including operation in noisy, long backplane
channels. The PHY also has a transmit side (Tx) FIR and auto adapts as
required by the PCI-Express 3.0 specification. The PCI Express PHY IP
can be configured into X1, X2, X4, X8, or X16 lanes. Snowbush customers
have implemented products exceeding 72 lanes using these
configurations. Complete electrical programming of each lane is
supported. The PHY IP also features an On-Chip Eye Monitor for
observing the electrical performance and optimizing the operation to
customers' particular channel environments.
The Inventure Z-core PCI Express 3.0 controller implements the port
logic required to build a Root Complex, Endpoint, Switch or Dual-Core
(switchable RT/EP) device. The configurable and scalable Z-core PCI
Express 3.0 controller is compliant to the PCI Express 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1
and PIPE specifications. The high quality, synthesizable IP is
available in a variety of data path widths, PIPE interface widths and
operating frequencies for optimizing size, power and throughput
specific to match the needs of various applications, such as consumer,
enterprise and mobile applications.
About the Demonstration
At the upcoming PCI-SIG Developers Conference, Snowbush and Inventure
will be demonstrating IP on a development board that houses both the
PCI Express 3.0 PHY from Snowbush IP and the PCI Express 3.0 Digital
Controller from Inventure. The demonstration will show the protocol
transfer of PCI Express packets at 8GT/s in a back-to-back setup.
Traffic will be monitored on a PCI-Express protocol analyzer that
captures, decodes, and displays PCI Express 3.0 traffic. Interested
parties will be able to discuss the solution with company experts and
arrange for detailed follow up sessions to review the optimized
performance metrics of the solution critical for effective deployment
of the IP into an SOC/ASIC.
Snowbush Presenters at PCI-SIG
In addition to the product demonstration, Snowbush IP's leadership and
expertise in PCI Express can also be seen in two presentations during
PCIe 3.0 IBIS-AMI Models for Channel Analysis
Chris Holdenried, Senior Analog Designer at Snowbush IP
Wednesday, June 22, 10:30 AM
Advanced Equalization Techniques for PCIe 8GT/s
Angus McLaren, Senior Analog Designer and Analog Design Manager at
Thursday, June 23, 9:00 AM
Both the Snowbush PHY IP and the Inventure Z-core Controller IP for PCI
Express 3.0 are available today.
About the Gennum Snowbush IP Group
The Gennum Snowbush IP group offers a team of interconnect specialists
to design and deliver silicon-proven, high-speed serial interface IP.
Comprising one of the industry's most robust, widely-deployed,
production-tested and customizable family of IP cores, the Snowbush IP
portfolio satisfies the needs of today's most demanding high-speed
serial communication protocols and applications. The offering includes
complete, integrated, PHY and controller solutions for standards like
USB, PCI Express® and Serial ATA (SATA), and single and multi-standard SerDes for
applications with data rates from 1 Gb/s to over 10 Gb/s. Gennum's
Snowbush IP group is committed to supporting customers with diverse
foundry and process requirements, offering IP cores for TSMC, UMC,
Common Platform, SMIC, and Fujitsu processes. For more information
Gennum Corporation (TSX: GND) designs innovative semiconductor solutions
and intellectual property (IP) cores for the world's most advanced
consumer connectivity, enterprise, video broadcast and data
communications products. Leveraging the company's proven optical,
analog and mixed-signal products and IP, Gennum enables multimedia and
data communications products to send and receive information without
compromising the signal integrity. A recognized award-winner for
advances in high definition (HD) broadcasting, Gennum is headquartered
in Burlington, Canada, and has global design, research and development
and sales offices in Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico,
Taiwan, the United States and the United Kingdom. www.gennum.com.
Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan,
is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000
employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated
revenues totaled 9,315 billion yen ($112.2 billion). Hitachi will focus
more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes
information and telecommunication systems, power systems,
environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and
urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices
that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the
company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.
Founded in 2006, Inventure develops, markets, and licenses high-speed
serial interface IP for advanced systems-on-chips (SoCs) used in a
variety of broadcasting, office equipment, and networking and storage
applications. Inventure's silicon proven interface IP portfolio
includes PCI Express, USB3.0, DisplayPort, 1/10G Ethernet and OCP
interconnect. In particular, Inventure's PCI Express IP, Z-core PCI
Express, has been selected by 30 Japanese enterprises, in more than 80
projects in Japan. Inventure is headquartered at Shin-Yokohama Japan,
with sales and R&D. More information is available on Inventure's
website at http://www.inventure.co.jp/en/company/
Snowbush IP, Gennum and related logos are trademarks of Gennum
Corporation. PCI Express and PCIe are registered trademarks of PCI-SIG.
All other product or service names are the property of their respective
owners. Copyright Gennum Corporation, 2011.
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