SAN FRANCISCO Synopsys Inc. has teamed with the First Silicon Solutions division of MIPS Technologies Inc. to offer an evaluation and development platform for Synopsys' DesignWare PCI Express (PCIe) intellectual property (IP), the companies said Monday (Sept. 25).
According to the companies, the Sitka board functions as a standard PCIe add-in card with support for up to eight PCIe lanes (each lane is a 2.5 Gbps communication channel).
With this platform, designers can test and debug their system-on-chip (SoC) designs using the DesignWare PCIe IP while performing interoperability testing between their SoC design and a PCIe PHY, according to the companies. Designers using the Sitka board to prototype SoCs can reduce their design risk, cut development time and enable predictable success in their complex SoCs, the companies said.
With the Sitka board, designers can prototype large designs by synthesizing their SoC into two large on-board Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGAs, interconnected through 272 I/O pins and can be configured for operating at up to 1 Gbps point-to-point interconnect, according to the companies. The FPGAs are configured via the on-board ROM.
"Coupling our expertise in hardware verification and debug technology with Synopsys' expertise in PCI Express, we were able to create a solution that allows designers to fully develop, test and debug their SoC designs with PCI Express before committing to silicon," said Rick Leatherman, vice president and general manager of First Silicon Solutions (Lake Oswego, Ore.).
Synopsys (Mountain View, Calif.) said it has used the Sitka board for compliance testing of the combined DesignWare PCI Express digital cores and DesignWare PCI Express PHY at the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) Compliance Workshops.
"Our customers have been asking us for a hardware development environment that provides high-performance hardware and the capacity to handle large designs with our proven DesignWare PCI Express IP," said Guri Stark, vice president of marketing for the solutions group at Synopsys. "By working closely with FS2, we've created a board that is unmatched in the industry today and enables designers to get to market faster while reducing their risks and lowering costs."
The Sitka development and evaluation board is available now through First Silicon Solutions.