XpressSWITCH-MRB

PCIe 5.0, 4.0, 3.1/3.0 Multi-Root Transparent Bridge/Switch IP Core Supporting up to 32 Root/Hosts, 32 Endpoint/Devices

XpressSWITCH-MRB is a fully configurable Multi-Root Bridge/Switch IP for PCIe designed for ASIC and FPGA implementations that enables high-performance communication between multiple hosts or root complexes and one or more devices or endpoints. XpressSWITCH-MRB is a self-contained IP implemented entirely in RTL logic; it does not require any external Fabric Manager or Management Host nor does it implement any embedded CPU. Once configured via the integrated Fabric Manager, the PCIe Multi-Root Bridge/Switch IP enables sharing of all downstream devices functions (Physical Functions - PFs or Virtual Functions - VFs) among all available hosts, without requiring NTB mechanisms and NTB software. XpressSWITCH-MRB optionally implements Non-Transparent Bridging (NTB) functionality, solely for the purpose of allowing each host to communicate with each other and to support failover mechanisms. By implementing XpressSWITCH-MRB into their SoCs, designers have a flexible, configurable, self-contained solution for PCIe switching with multi-host to multi-device connectivity that is low latency, low power, as well as Operating System and platform agnostic. 

  • Xilinx UltraScale+ series: up to Gen4 x8 or Gen3 x16 on each port
  • Altera 10 series (Arria, Stratix): up to Gen4 x8 or Gen3 x16 on each port
  • Older device families (ex. Altera V-series, Xilinx 7-series) can be supported upon request

Note that the number of ports that can be implemented on FPGA is limited by the number of transceivers/quads available on the targeted device.

Contact us for IP availability.

XpressSWITCH-MRB can be used in a variety of applications, including but not limited to, sharing of NVMe SSDs across multiple Hosts or sharing of network bandwidth (NIC sharing) across multiple Hosts.

#1 Shared NVMe Storage                                               #2 Shared Network Bandwidth

                               

  • Up to 32 Host connections (upstream ports)
  • Up to 32 Device connections (downstream ports)
    • Limited to 31 if Hot Plug is enabled
  • Supports PCIe 5.0, 4.0, or 3.1 on each port and up to 16 lanes
    • Can have different PCIe speed and #lanes on each port
  • Optional Hot Plug support on downstream ports
  • Per-PF or per-VF sharing of device resources among available hosts
  • Optional Non-Transparent Bridging (NTB) allowing communication between hosts
    • NT communication via messaging and doorbells, scratchpad registers

  • Transparent bridge/switch design does not require host-specific device driver or software; connected devices are accessed transparently by any host using native device drivers
  • Self-contained implementation does not require any external "Control Host" or "Fabric Manager", limiting complexity and reducing point of failures
  • Full RTL logic implementation without the use of built-in CPU for simplified implementation and optimal performance
  • NTB driver only required if NTB option enabled for host to host communication

View All

Related Resources