Nu Horizons PCI Express Summit

Nu Horizons PCI Express Summit will take place in six North American cities between February 3rd and March 10th, 2009. Presenters from Gennum, IDT, Linear Technology, Pericom, and Xilinx will provide product overviews from a variety of devices including: FPGAs, PCIe Switches, Power, Timing Products and Endpoint Controllers. In addition, topics of discussion will include signal integrity, PCIe topology, design considerations, circuit simulators, and other software tools. Demonstrations will also be available highlighting the various technologies at work.

PCI Express Summit

  • Feb 3rd – Chicago, IL
  • Feb 5th – Minneapolis, MN
  • Feb 17th – San Jose, CA
  • Feb 19th – Dallas, TX
  • Mar 3rd – Boston, MA
  • Mar 10th – Toronto Canada


  • Implement PCI Express (Gen 1 and Gen 2) in FPGAs (Xilinx)
    This presentation covers PCI Express protocols (gen1 and gen2), their key concepts and interoperability. Attendees will learn how to create a PCIe design using Xilinx IP tools and see a demonstration for PCIe gen 2. Example applications and use models with multiple end points are presented.

  • PCI Express Implementation – Interfacing and Extending (Gennum)
    Gennum will present the issues, options, and possibilities for implementing PCI Express in embedded systems. Such topics as performance optimization, power dissipation, software architecture, IP, initialization pitfalls, and strategies for on-the-fly configuration of FPGA devices will be explored. Also, signal integrity of the PCI Express physical layer and how to extend its reach will be discussed.

  • PCI Express Switches – Usage Models and Design Considerations (IDT)
    IDT will present a tutorial on the latest PCIe solutions for demanding server, storage, communications, and embedded applications. Additionally, they will provide an overview of PCI Express, focusing on the overall topology, design considerations, and PCIe Gen2 specific issues. Usage models and switch application scenarios will be provided along with detailed clocking requirements and performance considerations for PCIe switches.

  • Real World Hardware Design Examples & Guidelines for Power Distribution Networks used for PCI Express Systems (Linear Technology)
    This interactive session will present Linear’s key products and tools to help design a PCI Express system, including information on Hot Swap Controllers, Design Notes from Factory Application Engineers, and new solutions for powering high speed SERDES RocketIO Transceivers. In addition, attendees will learn about LTspice IV, a powerful FREE circuit simulator and schematic capture program, providing macro models for most of Linear Technology’s switch-mode DC/DC converters, op amps, comparators, linear regulators as well as a library of devices for general analog circuit simulation.

  • PCIe Gen1, Gen2, and Gen3 (Pericom)
    Pericom will present its PCIe Gen1, Gen2, and Gen3 capabilities, including: PCIe Timing Products, PCIe Packet Switches, PCIe Bridges to PCI, PCI-X, UART, and USB2.0, PCIe Signal Switch (PHY layer switch) family, and PCIe Signal Integrity ReDriver family.

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