PCI Express* (PCIe*) is a scalable, chip-to-chip interconnect standard protocol that services multiple end markets, such as computing and communications. Current PCI Express transmission speeds range from 2.5 GT/s (Gen1) to as high as 8 GT/s (Gen3), providing a large amount of bandwidth for various systems to support today’s ever-increasing network traffic requirements. Using the latest transceiver technology and a flexible protocol layer, Intel® FPGA PCI Express intellectual property (IP) cores and device drivers provide the best performance and productivity for converging industries and emerging applications that require a common interconnect technology across a variety of FPGAs. The technical differentiation is achieved by combining the benefits of Intel FPGA silicon, PCI Express IP cores, and device drivers as a single, vertically integrated entity. The vertical integration of both the hardware and software layers provides maximum flexibility and performance for any system.
With the release of Intel's next-generation Arria® 10 FPGAs and SoCs, the Intel FPGA Best-in-Class PCI Express IP portfolio accomplishes major development milestones: third-generation hardened PCI Express IP core, including the transaction layer and data link layer; second-generation hardened PHY IP core, including physical coding sublayer (PCS) and physical medium attachment (PMA); and first-generation complementary, enterprise-ready Linux* and Windows device drivers.