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Programmable PCIe solution costs less than $13 in volume

Posted: 01 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:lattice semiconductor? pci express? pcie? latticeecp? latticeec?

For less than $13 in volume orders, Lattice Semiconductor Corp. is offering a programmable PCI Express (PCIe) solution that combines its LatticeECP and LatticeEC fpgas with the genesys logic GL9711 PCIe PHY, and Northwest Logic's PCIe IP core.

According to Northwest Logic, they have tailored its single lane PCIe IP core to the LatticeEC and LatticeECP-DSP FPGA architectures.

The small sized-core is designed with a simple user interface, minimal timing constraints and companion testbench. The core, which is now available as part of Lattice's ispLeverCORE Connection program, implements all three PCIe layers, including transaction, data link, and physical.

Genesys' discrete PCIe PHY IC complies with both the PCIe base specification revision 1.0a and the PHY interface for the PCIe architecture (PIPE) version 1.0 from Intel Corp. The GL9711 provides printed-circuit board developers with an access speed of 2.5-Gbits/s. It is available in both an 8- and 16-bit PIPE interface. It operates at 250MHz speeds at 8-bits and 125MHz at 16-bits.

PCIe uses 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 or 32 serial signals that each operate at 2.5Gbps , providing a dramatic throughput improvement over PCI. Additionally, PCIe software is compatible with PCI, preserving the large investments already made in PCI software.

"This collaboration provides customers with a solution for PCI Express applications such as networking, imaging processing, consumer electronics, test equipment and storage. This solution will be a driver of the PCI Express market, and will enable designers to upgrade their device connectivity to multi-Gigabit speed at an affordable cost," said Miller Lin, CTO at Genesys Logic.

The LatticeECP-DSP FPGA, LatticeEC FPGA, the Genesys Logic GL9711 and the Northwest Logic PCI Express IP core are available now. The overall solution costs less than $13 in 250K volumes and above. In addition, Northwest Logic's PCI Express Development Board with the above components is available now. The base board, which includes a LatticeECP-DSP device, costs $2,995 and the daughter card with the Genesys Logic PHY costs $495.

- Ismini Scouras


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