Case Study: Global 500 Electronics Company


  • The following project challenges drove their need for third-party PCI Express IP:
    • Reduce development cost
    • Reduce project risk
    • Achieve compliance to the PCI Express standard specification(s)
    • Enable design team to focus on differentiated portions of their design

Use Case

  • Utilized the following Synopsys IP for PCI Express for multiple projects:
    • PCI Express 2.x Controller
  • Used the following process nodes to implement Synopsys IP for PCI Express for multiple projects:
    • 20-nm
    • 28-nm
  • Integrated Synopsys IP for PCI Express into Mobile Multimedia SoC.


  • Purchased Synopsys’ IP for PCI Express due to the following:
    • Extensive silicon success
    • Quality of the IP
    • Completeness of solution (controller, PHY, verification IP)
    • Availability of PCI Express standards or features
    • Previous experience with DesignWare IP use
  • Saved 9-12 staff-months in development and integration effort by implementing Synopsys IP for PCI Express.
  • Realized the following benefits from using Synopsys IP for PCI Express:
    • Achieved first-pass silicon success
    • Met design’s performance, power and area goals
    • Achieved PCI-SIG certification
    • Reduced development cost
    • Received knowledgeable and responsive technical support
  • Rated the following Synopsys DesignWare IP for PCI Express capabilities as compared to the competition:
    • Performance: differentiated
    • Features/capabilities: highly differentiated
    • Ease of integration: highly differentiated
    • Completeness of solution (e.g., controller + PHY + verification IP): differentiated


“We found three key benefits of using DesignWare IP for PCI Express: mature code, the availability of the new L1 sub-states feature before the specification was finalized, and first-class support.”

Hardware Engineering Manager, Global 500 Electronics Company

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Validated on Aug 16, 2013

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