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Philips, Xilinx deliver low-cost programmable PCI Express solution

Posted: 14 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:programmable pci express? silicon? px1011a? fpga? logicore?

Royal Philips Electronics and Xilinx Inc. have demonstrated a programmable PCI Express endpoint silicon solution offered at a much lower cost than traditional solutions. The Philips-Xilinx programmable PCI Express solution costs less than $15.00 in high volumes.

PCI Express is a high-speed, point-to-point serial connection that offers a 2.5- to 80Gb transfer rate. It has a dedicated link to each device instead of a shared bus, and gives manufacturers the flexibility needed to quickly bring PC, peripheral and consumer electronic products to market.

Comprised of the Philips PX1011A PCI Express PHY and a Xilinx Spartan-3-based FPGA with an optimized Xilinx PCI Express LogiCORE ip core, the flexible Philips-Xilinx PCI Express offering can be used in many high-volume applications including add-in cards, host bus adapters, graphics cards and high-end servers. The PCI Express solution is also packaged in a low-profile form factor, supporting ExpressCard technology applications for space-constrained modular expansion platforms, and it is fully compliant to the PCI Express 1.0a specification.

"This new PCI Express solution draws on the expertise of two industry leaders that enables manufacturers to bring a wide variety of video and audio applications to consumers everywhere," said Paul Marino, general manager and vice president, business line connectivity, Philips Semiconductors. "Working with Xilinx, we offer a flexible, two-chip solution to customers who are looking to take full advantage of the simple, fast connection applications PCI Express will bring to the connected consumer," Marino added.





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