To mitigate your risks, it’s a good idea to work with IP that is silicon-proven from a vendor that has deep expertise in PCIe. A good indicator that our IP is on track to achieve certification from PCI-SIG, for instance, is the sheer volume of our PCIe 5.0 IP adoption to date. Surpassing 200 licenses is a milestone and an endorsement, if you are looking to make your move to PCIe 5.0 ahead of the official PCI-SIG integrators’ list. (And by the way, the first PCI-SIG integrators list for PCIe 5.0 is expected sometime in the coming months, so stay tuned.)
You can also inquire about a vendor’s past PCI-SIG certifications. Synopsys has silicon-proven IP with production volume well over a billion units and the most PCI-SIG certifications of any IP vendor with more interoperability testing, including extensive hardware validation platforms, proven within the ecosystem. We perform rigorous design verification and have the preeminently proven PHY and controller on the market, and were the first vendor with integrated security IDE IP for PCIe 5.0. Our deep PCIe technical expertise includes the industry’s foremost PCIe experts on staff, with key contributors to the PCI-SIG specification, multiple PCI-SIG working group members, and a member of the PCI-SIG board of directors.
Some of the successes in the PCIe 5.0 ecosystem include:
Intel Xeon Scalable Processor (Sapphire Rapids)
A notable example that PCIe 5.0 is on the rise was the launch of Intel’s next-generation Xeon server processor, Sapphire Rapids. Sapphire Rapids is a PCIe 5.0-enabled CPU launched in 2021 with production expected in the first half of 2022. This processor will help drive adoption of PCIe 5.0 and expand the ecosystem. As the first to interoperate with Intel’s Sapphire Rapids, we are also the world’s first to demonstrate a complete end-to-end PCIe 5.0-enabled system in hardware.
IBM AI Hardware Center High-Performance Data Center Rack
We are working together with IBM to double AI compute performance every year for the next decade. Silicon verification and demonstrable performance improvements have already been realized. One example of this includes a high-performance data center rack (Figure 1), which connects the processor with the accelerator, the flash controller, the re-timer, the CXL switches, and the SSDs. Having the right PCIe 5.0 IP is foundational for interoperability and conductivity between the entire system.