Case Study: Small Business Electronics Company


  • The following project challenges drove their need for third-party PCI Express IP:
    • Meet an aggressive time-to-market window
    • 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:
    • PCI Express 2.x Controller
    • PCI Express 2.x PHY
  • Used the following process nodes to implement Synopsys PCI Express IP:
    • 40-nm
  • Integrated Synopsys IP for PCI Express into Networking SoC.


  • Purchased Synopsys’ IP for PCI Express due to the following:
    • Standards certification and interoperability
    • Quality of the IP
    • Completeness of solution (controller, PHY, verification IP)
  • Saved 9-12 staff-months in development and integration effort by implementing Synopsys PCI Express IP.
  • Realized the following benefits from using Synopsys IP for PCI Express:
    • Achieved first pass silicon success
    • Accelerated development schedule
    • Achieved first-to-market
  • Rated the following Synopsys DesignWare IP for PCI Express capabilities as compared to the competition:
    • Standards certification: Highly differentiated
    • Features/capabilities: Highly differentiated
    • Ease of integration: Highly differentiated
    • Completeness of solution (e.g., controller + PHY + verification IP): Highly differentiated


“We found Synopsys’ IP for PCI Express to be easy to integrate (both controller and PHY) and easy to verify due to the quality of the IP.”

TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Electronics Company

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Validated on Aug 16, 2013

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