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Mentor's Configurable Port achieves PCI Express compliance

Posted: 15 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mpciexp? configurable port? pci express? pci-sig?

Mentor Graphics said that its MPCIExp Configurable Port complies with the PCI Express specification from the PCI Express special interest group (PCI-SIG).

Mentor said it has demonstrated that the Configurable Port works successfully with Rambus' Physical Layer (PHY) intellectual property (IP). Mentor and Rambus first announced in June 2004 that they were working together to develop interoperable platforms for PCI Express chip designers.

Mike Kasaowitz, GM of Mentor's IP division, said the MPCIExp Configurable Port's compliance with PCI Express is significant because, unlike other PCI Express-compliant standards-based IP, the MPCIExp Configurable Port provides a "configurable library" that enables designers to specify the number of lanes in a design, among other things, all through a graphic user interface.

"This product is ideal for companies building a family of chips, because they know they will increase their complexity over time," Kasaowitz said.

Mentor said its IP core, based on the PCI Express architecture, is fully compliant with the PCI Express standard, which the company said minimizes development risk and lowers overall system costs. This allows design engineers, Mentor said, to focus on the differentiating aspects of designs and create electronic systems in accelerated design times by using configurable, reusable IP building blocks.

Mentor's MPCIExp Configurable Port will appear on the PCI-SIG integrators list, which includes all products that successfully completed PCI Express compliance testing procedures established by the organization's Compliance Workshop.

- Dylan McGrath

EE Times

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