Case Study: Large Enterprise Telecommunications Equipment Company


  • The following project challenges drove their need for third-party PCI Express IP:
    • Needed to meet performance, power and area targets
    • Needed to improve availability of IP in target foundry process
    • Needed to reduce project risk
    • Needed to 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 3.0 Controller
    • PCI Express 2.x Controller
    • PCI Express 2.x PHY
    • PCI Express 1.x Controller
    • PCI Express 1.x PHY
  • Used the following process nodes to implement Synopsys IP for PCI Express for multiple projects:
    • 28-nm
    • 40-nm
    • 65-nm
  • Integrated Synopsys PCI Express IP into networking SoCs.


  • Purchased Synopsys’ IP for PCI Express due to the following:
    • Standards certification and interoperability
    • Quality of the IP
    • Ease of integration effort
    • Low power
    • Small area
    • Availability on required process node(s)
    • Previous experience with DesignWare IP
  • Realized the following benefits from using Synopsys IP for PCI Express:
    • Met design’s performance, power and area goals
    • Accelerated development schedule
    • Reduced development cost
    • Received knowledgeable and responsive technical support
    • Differentiated product features/functionality
  • Rated the following Synopsys DesignWare IP for PCI Express capabilities as compared to the competition:
    • Area: Differentiated
    • Power consumption: Differentiated
    • Performance: Highly differentiated
    • Standards certification: Highly differentiated
    • Features/capabilities: Differentiated
    • Ease of integration: Highly differentiated
    • Completeness of solution (e.g., controller + PHY + verification IP): Highly differentiated
    • Cost: Highly differentiated


“We benefited from Synopsys IP for PCIe in two ways. First, Synopsys technical support was excellent and responsive. Second, we found that we lowered our project’s risk by choosing Synopsys IP for PCIe.”

TechValidate survey of a Large Enterprise Telecommunications Equipment Company

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Validated on Aug 16, 2013

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