Case Study: Medium Enterprise Telecommunications Equipment Company


  • The following project challenges drove their need for third-party PCI Express IP:
    • Meet an aggressive time-to-market window
    • Reduce development cost
    • Meet performance, power and area targets
    • Improve availability of IP in target foundry process
    • Reduce project risk
    • Achieve compliance to the PCI Express standard specification(s)
    • Ensure compatibility/interoperability with existing PCI Express products in the market

Use Case

  • Utilized the following Synopsys IP for PCI Express for multiple projects:
    • PCI Express 2.x Controller
    • PCI Express 2.x PHY
  • Used the following process nodes to implement Synopsys IP for PCI Express for multiple projects:
    • 40-nm
    • 65-nm
  • Integrated Synopsys IP for PCI Express into networking SoC.


  • Purchased Synopsys’ IP for PCI Express due to the following:
    • Quality of the IP
    • Completeness of solution (controller, PHY, verification IP)
    • Availability on required process node(s)
    • Availability of PCI Express standards or features
    • Previous experience with DesignWare IP use
    • Excellent support (infrastructure and people)
  • Saved > 1 staff-year in development and integration effort by implementing Synopsys IP for PCI Express.
  • Realized the following benefits from using Synopsys IP for PCI Express:
    • Met design’s performance, power and area goals
    • Accelerated development schedule
    • Received knowledgeable and responsive technical support
  • Rated the following Synopsys DesignWare IP for PCI Express capabilities as compared to the competition:
    • Area, power consumption, performance, ease of integration, cost: Differentiated
    • Features/capabilities: Highly differentiated
    • Standards certification and completeness of solution (e.g., controller + PHY + verification IP): Extremely differentiated


“Using the Synopsys IP for PCIe enables us to get easy access to the desired SoC modules in the needed process node (PHYs) by having an outstanding support during the whole integration process as well as in post-silicon.”

TechValidate Survey of a Medium Enterprise Telecommunications Equipment Company

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Validated on Aug 16, 2013

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