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PLDA at the Epicenter of PCIe 4.0 Wave of Adoption with Recent PCIe Design Conference Achievements and Testing Success for PLDA's Gen4SWITCH


PLDA's complete line of PCIe 4.0 products to be exhibited at the upcoming PCI-SIG® Developer's Conference in Santa Clara, CA on June 7-8, 2017.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jun. 01, 2017 – PLDA, the industry leader in PCI Express® interface IP solutions, today highlighted recent PCIe® 4.0 milestones, including information and feedback gleaned from its PLDA Design Days event in Shanghai, as well as its achievements from April's PCIe-SIG Compliance Workshop testing. As PCIe® 4.0 nears its expected version 1.0 release, many systems are already running at PCIe 4.0 16GT/s speed and numerous projects are in the design process. This wave of adoption was underscored during the recent "PLDA Design Days - Shanghai" event, where over 100 PCIe designers and experts gathered to share PCIe 4.0 best practices and knowledge. In addition, earlier in April, the latest PCI-SIG Compliance Workshop provided the first PCIe 4.0 interop tests between systems. PLDA's Gen4SWITCH™ platform was a key technology enabler for interop testing at this workshop, demonstrating its use as a System and as an Endpoint card.

During System interop testing, the PLDA Gen4SWITCH has been the key enabler platform for PCIe 4.0 tests, enabling other members to validate their platform's link stability at PCIe 4.0 speed and/or optimize parameters like lane margining. Additional tests were performed using the PLDA Gen4SWITCH as an Endpoint card, with effective interop results at PCIe 4.0 x4 and PCIe 4.0 x1 lane bandwidth.

PLDA Gen4SWITCH was 100% successful during these tests at PCIe 4.0 speed. One of the critical interop tests was executed in conjunction with a Mellanox ConnectX configured in PCIe 4.0 x16 architecture for InfiniBand 100Gbps Ethernet adapter. According to Gilad Shainer, vice president of Marketing at Mellanox Technologies, "The PCI-SIG Workshop 101 was definitely a major step before the first release of PCIe 4.0 specification. The interop tests performed with the Mellanox PCIe 4.0 x16 InfiniBand 100Gbps Ethernet adapter and PLDA Gen4SWITCH confirmed that the link was stable at PCIe 4.0 x4 speed and could optimize lane margining for the application."

Arnaud Schleich, CEO of PLDA, remarked: "PCIe 4.0 architecture is expected to deliver the added speed and functionality that today's market craves and the PLDA Design Days event confirmed its already high rate of adoption. By actively participating in PCI-SIG Compliance Workshops and hosting field training events, such as Design Days, PLDA is at the forefront of PCIe 4.0 architecture deployment.

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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/testbench, PCIe drivers and APIs. PLDA is a global company with offices in North America (San Jose, California) and Europe (France, Italy, Bulgaria).

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