PCI Express is rapidly establishing itself as the successor to PCI, providing higher performance, increased flexibility, and scalability for next-generation systems, as well as maintaining software compatibility with existing PCI applications. As PCI Express becomes the standard interconnect for leading-edge embedded applications, system designers must address the challenges associated with the usability of this new protocol. Altera and Texas Instruments (TI) offer an easy to use PCI Express solution for the low-cost market segment.