Announcement highlights a growing trend for designers to move from ASSP to PCIe-embedded Switch IPs in their chip designs
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 27, 2017 -- PLDA, the industry leader in PCI Express® interface IP solutions, today announced a series of major licenses for their XpressSWITCH™ PCIe switch IP, confirming the expansion of PCIe-embedded switches. These licenses enable several major SoC and system vendors to solve their cost, flexibility, integration, and end-of-life issues by integrating a PLDA sub-system IP instead of an off-the-shelf ASSP.
PLDA’s XpressSWITCH is the industry’s first PCI-SIG®-compliant embedded switch IP and offers a customizable, multiport PCIe switch IP designed for ASIC and FPGA that enables the connection of one upstream port and multiple embedded or external downstream ports. Compared to a classic switch ASSP, PLDA’s new PCIe switch technology delivers a more flexible architecture. By incorporating PLDA’s XpressSWITCH IP, designers can use fewer PHYs/chips and dramatically reduce power budget, latency, and bill-of-material costs. Additionally, the use of an innovative PCIe switch like PLDA’s XpressSWITCH IP offers a flexible upgrade path for future innovation, reducing the risk of obsolescence.
According to Arnaud Schleich, CEO of PLDA, “With the recent important acquisition of XpressSWITCH IP licenses by the leading fabless semiconductor MediaTek Inc., this is the most impressive series of corporate licensing deals to date.” Arnaud Schleich adds, “This announcement highlights an important trend of replacing PCIe switch ASSPs with sub-system IPs to increase flexibility and reduce cost and power budgets.”
Meet the PLDA team at the TSMC Symposium China on March 28, 2017 in Booth 5. More information on PLDA and its XpressSWITCH product line is available online:
- Watch the XpressSWITCH demo video here.
- Review the XpressSWITCH product information on the PCIe Switch IP webpage.
- Learn more about PLDA prototyping boards, which enable easy PCIe 4.0 switch design on the PCIe 4.0 PDK webpage.
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 complete PCIe solutions 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), Asia (Taiwan) and Europe (France, Italy, Bulgaria).
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