PCI Express is the wave of the future for high performance I/O in both desktop and industrial/embedded applications. It offers the benefits of reduced power consumption, scalability of bandwidth, increased data throughput and improved signal integrity. It replaced legacy bus-based PCI and PCI-X technologies, and is now migrating from the desktop to embedded applications. This presents new challenges for the embedded designer on multiple fronts. The transition from parallel to serial technology requires very different debug methods and tools. Second, many of these designs will leverage silicon and other IP already on the market. A key concern is how to evaluate, choose and select components and IP for your specific application. Lastly, probing an embedded link is significantly more challenging compared to motherboards and add-in cards since it is unlikely a standard PCI Express connector exists between transmitter and receiver.

This presentation provides an overview of the latest developments in PCI Express standards and hints on how to choose off-the-shelf IP, ASSPs, or other PCI Express compatible components. We will provide examples of proven probing techniques that support both physical layer measurements as well as link level debug of PCI Express transactions.

Duration: One hour

Who Should Attend:
R&D designers, engineers, and project managers working on high-speed digital designs; who spend a significant amount of time in the debug and validation phase dealing with signal integrity related problems in their designs.

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Rick Eads
Rick Eads is the PCI Express program manager and a senior product manager with Agilent Technologies oscilloscopes group. Rick's expertise lies in technical/industrial marketing of test and measurement tools and electronic design automation software to leaders in the computer, semiconductor, wired and wireless communications, storage and aerospace industries worldwide. Rick earned a M.B.A. from the University of Colorado in 1993 with an emphasis on finance and marketing, and he graduated with a BSEE from Brigham Young University in 1985 with an emphasis on digital design and computer architecture. He has published numerous papers and technical articles. Rick also serves on the Board of Directors for the PCI-SIG, leads the Electrical Gold Suite testing at PCI-SIG sponsored workshops, and is a contributing member of the PCI-SIG's Serial Enabling and Electrical Working groups.

Gordon Getty
Gordon Getty is an Application Engineer for Agilent Technologies based in Santa Clara (USA). He has been working for Agilent Technologies for 8 years mainly focused on PCI, PCI-X, PCI Express as well as other serial protocols. He started his career with Agilent as a Support and Technical Marketing Engineer (Germany & Colorado, USA). Gordon has specialized in PCI Express protocol testing and has worked very closely with the PCI-SIG on compliance testing programs. Gordon has held many presentations and written multiple papers and application notes on PCI Express.
Gordon has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronics and Music from the University of Glasgow, Scotland and an MSc in Information Technology from the University of Paisley, Scotland.