SAN JOSE -- InSilicon Corp., a provider of semiconductor intellectual property and software, has announced TymeWare, a PCI-X design package consisting of a PCI-X 1.0-compliant synthesizablecore and bus test environment.
InSilicon's PCI-X core, a set of register-transfer-level (RTL) synthesizable building blocks, enables designers of ASICs and FPGAs to implement a complete PCI-X interface. The TymeWare package is built on technology that has been proven in more than 200 core-based PCI designs, according to inSilicon, a wholly owned subsidiary of Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
"The demand for higher performance as well as backward-compatible I/O solutions for multiprocessor servers, Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel and embedded networking is propelling the adoption of PCI-X by leading-edge hardware developers," said Mike Housholder, PCI-X product marketing manager and member of the PCI Steering Committee. "Our highly flexible and configurable core, combined with our comprehensive test environment, provides a natural migration path for next-generation datacom, telecom and PC/server applications."
PCI-X provides backward-compatibility by allowing devices to operate at conventional 33-MHz and 66-MHz bus speeds. Backward compatibility to the PCI Local Bus 2.2 specification, the suite also supports up to 32 split transactions, boosting system performance with more efficient data transfers. PCI-X also supports up to 133-MHz bus clock frequencies, the PCI-X core and test environment enables up to 1 gigabit-per-second throughput.
TymeWare provides direct support for both multiplexed and demultiplexed processor
buses, enabling optimization between device performance and pin count. A feature called RapidScript facilitates tailoring of the core to suit user application requirements and eliminate
The PCI-X test environment includes behavioral models of PCI-X/PCI 2.2 master and target devices, a PCI-X/PCI 2.2 arbiter to control bus access, and a protocol and timing monitor to check for and report PCI-X/PCI 2.2 protocol and timing violations. In addition, the test environment includes a full suite of compliance test scenarios that verify functionality and compliance with the PCI-X and PCI 2.2 specifications.
InSilicon's complete TymeWare PCI-X design package includes the PCI-X core and test environment (in Verilog source code), synthesis scripts, compliance test suites, documentation, technical support and a three-day training class. TymeWare PCI-X is available now from inSilicon.