AGILENT Technologies has validated a PCI Express SerDes core in silicon. PCI Express is an industry-standard, high-performance serial I/O interconnect that offers twice the performance of the previous-generation interconnect, PCI-X.
The PCI Express SerDes core is optimised for storage and networking switch chips and PC core logic chipsets. It meets the PCI Express specification, operates at 250MHz, and offers one, two, four, eight and 16-lane configurations. It complements the PCI Express link and physical coding sublayer (PCS) cores in the company's IP library.
In addition to storage, networking and computing applications, Agilent's link core has been integrated into two Agilent test instruments used for compliance testing at PCI special interest group (SIG) compliance workshops. The 93000 SOC test system is also available for high-speed PCI Express-based devices.
Agilent's embedded SerDes ASIC development model provides support throughout the entire product life cycle. It incorporates testing capabilities as early as the definition of system-level architecture and accounts for in-circuit manufacturing test, functional test, system turn-on and debug, and field diagnostics. It enables OEMs to develop high-bandwidth networking, storage and computing systems with superior reliability and reduced size, complexity and cost.