SAN JOSE, Calif., February 27, 2018 – PLDA®, the industry leader in PCI Express® interface IP solutions, today announced that GOWIN Semiconductor, a leading semiconductor company in China, has chosen PLDA’s PCIe ASIC IP for their upcoming FPGA product line. GOWIN offers a broad portfolio of programmable logic devices, design software, intellectual property (IP) cores, reference designs, and development kits.
PCIe is a key protocol for interconnecting system components, as it provides higher throughput and a higher level of reliability than other interface protocols. By embedding PCIe into their programmable chips, FPGA vendors offer this essential function to their customers while optimizing for performance and area. GOWIN chose to partner with PLDA to implement PCIe connectivity in their FPGA product line based on PLDA’s long and successful track record with several of the world’s leading FPGA and SoC silicon vendors. PLDA’s ability to deliver a highly-configurable PCIe ASIC controller for complex chips such as FPGA was key for GOWIN. Some of their specific requirements included:
- A programmable PCIe interface: GOWIN chose to implement the controller initialization through registers to enable users to change controller configuration at power up.
- Reporting and test features: XpressRICH3’s AER (Advanced Error Reporting) and side band debug interfaces enabled GOWIN to provide their users with efficient reporting and test features.
- Custom verification: PLDA’s ability to deliver a number of customized verification environments was key for GOWIN in order to guaranty reliable operation for every use model.
- PHY interoperability (multi-protocol SerDes): PLDA provided a flexible and easy-to-use PHY test suite supporting any PCIe PHY configuration, allowing thorough PHY verification before integration.
According to Jason Zhu, CEO of GOWIN, “Our partnership with PLDA is already paying off. Embedding PLDA’s PCIe ASIC controller has resulted in flexible, reliable, and cost efficient designs for our valued customer base.”
Arnaud Schleich, CEO of PLDA, added: “We are proud to provide the best of PCIe technology, already highly esteemed by major US FPGA vendors, to one of the new giant FPGA vendors in China. This partnership will contribute to expanding the use of PCIe as a standard protocol in China”
PLDA has been successfully delivering PCI and PCI Express IP for more than 20 years. With over 6,200 licenses, PLDA has established a vast customer base and the world’s broadest PCIe ecosystem. PLDA has maintained its leadership over four generations of PCI Express specifications, enabling customers to reduce risk and accelerate time to market for their ASIC and FPGA based designs. PLDA provides a complete PCIe solution with its IP cores, FPGA boards for ASIC prototyping, PCIe BFM/testbenches, PCIe drivers, and APIs. PLDA is a global company with offices in North America (San Jose, California), Europe (France, Italy, and Bulgaria), and Asia (Taiwan).
About GOWIN Semiconductor Corp.
Founded in 2014, GOWIN Semiconductor Corp., headquartered with major R&D in China, has the vision to accelerate customer innovation worldwide with their programmable solutions. They focus on optimizing products and removing barriers for customers using programmable logic devices. Their commitment to technology and quality enables customers to reduce the total cost of ownership from using FPGA on their production boards. Offerings include a broad portfolio of programmable logic devices, design software, intellectual property (IP) cores, reference designs, and development kits. They strive to serve customers in the consumer, industrial, communication, medical, and automotive markets worldwide. For more information about GOWIN, please visit www.GOWINsemi.com.
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