Gennum Corporation today announced that Cray has selected their Snowbush IP Group’s PCI Express 3.0 PHY IP for their next generation supercomputing platform. This allows the engineering folks at Cray to focus on tasks other than designing PCI Express interface components from scratch. The Snowbush PCIe 3.0 PHY includes low power-per-lane performance and clean signal characteristics in a small silicon footprint.
After an extensive evaluation of competitive solutions, we selected Snowbush’s high speed PCIe 3.0 PHY IP because it is the best solution available in the market today. Snowbush’s reputation for high quality, reliable first-pass silicon offered our designers confidence that incorporating this IP block into our newest supercomputer design will give us a competitive edge in the market place,” said Peg Williams, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Cray.
The Snowbush PCIe devices satisfy the 8 GT/s speed requirement of PCIe 3.0 and deliver lane configurations of X32 or higher. There is no mention in the release on what Cray plans on doing with the new PCIe functionality. For more info, read the full release here.