Case Study: Global 500 Computer Hardware Company


  • The following project challenges drove their need for third-party PCI Express IP:
    • Meet an aggressive time-to-market window
    • 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
    • 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 (endpoint, root complex, switch, dual-mode)
  • Used the following process nodes to implement Synopsys IP for PCI Express:
    • 65-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
    • Availability on required process node(s)
    • Availability of PCI Express standards or features
  • 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
  • Rated the following Synopsys DesignWare IP for PCI Express capabilities as compared to the competition:
    • Power consumption: Highly differentiated
    • Standards certification: Highly differentiated
    • Features/capabilities: Highly differentiated
    • Ease of integration: Highly differentiated
    • Completeness of solution (e.g., controller + PHY + verification IP): Extremely differentiated


“Using Synopsys IP for PCI Express allowed the team to be confident that we had PCIe covered so that we could focus on our core competency.”

TechValidate Survey of a Global 500 Computer Hardware Company

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Validated on Aug 16, 2013

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