PLDA Announces SATA Express™ Support in Their Industry-leading XpressRICH3-AXI PCIe® IP

Development of required features in the PCIe XpressRICH3-AXI Soft IP will save chip designers integration time and design effort for SATA Express applications

SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 4, 2015 — PLDA, the industry leader in PCI Express® controller IP solutions, today announced that its XpressRICH3-AXI PCIe® 3.0 IP is now fully compliant with the SATA Express™ standard. This breakthrough IP product leverages the popular and flexible PCIe interface while expanding it to deliver the benefits of SATA Express for design projects in the SSD space. In order to achieve compliance with the SATA Express specification, PLDA added new features to its leading XpressRICH3-AXI soft IP that enabled compatibility with NVMe and AHCI. Integration of this capability delivers the two interfaces required for SATA Express implementation.

The SATA Express standard was created to enable SATA and PCIe devices to be used in the same electro-mechanical environment, a necessary innovation because legacy SATA could not accommodate applications requiring above 6 GB/s. The new SATA Express standard addresses an existing, large installed base of legacy SATA devices, provides a path for the emerging market of new SATA devices including SATA-based SSDs, and delivers an innovative solution for new classes of very high performance devices, such as PCI Express (PCIe)-based SSDs.

PLDA is an established leader in designing the world’s best PCIe interface IP. With this added support for the SATA Express standard, PLDA’s XpressRICH3-AXI IP enables SoC, ASIC and FPGA designers to incorporate connectivity to PCIe, SATA and SATA Express devices from a single connector, using a single interface controller IP product, significantly reducing integration efforts.

Key features of PLDA’s newly SATA Express-compliant XpressRICH3-AXI IP include:

  • 6 BARs + EPROM supported
  • Open Interrupt Interface
  • AXI interfaces: Advanced AMBA AXI interconnect enables heterogeneous SoC interfacing. Allows AXI3 and AXI4 peripherals to coexist and communicate efficiently through the interconnect interface
  • SRIOV: In a virtualized environment this feature allows functions of an endpoint to be easily & safely shared among several virtual machines. Up to 64 virtual functions per physical functions are supported.

"PLDA has created a flexible and easy-to-integrate IP solution, designed specifically for the needs of the SSD market," said Stephane Hauradou, CTO at PLDA. "PLDA’s XpressRICH3-AXI IP will allow designers to more easily and more cost-effectively provide a connection to PCIe in a SATA Express device, increasing time-to-market and helping to drive the SSD industry forward."

Learn more about PLDA’s XpressRICH3-AXI PCIe IP

For more information on PLDA’s XpressRICH3-AXI product with SATA Xpress support, please visit PLDA online at or contact a technical specialist directly at

See PLDA’s XpressRICH3-AXI PCIe IP at the Flash Memory Summit
PLDA management will be on hand at the Flash Memory Summit, August 11-13 in Santa Clara, CA. If you plan to work on design that include PCIe SSD technology or SATA Express, plan a meeting with our PCIe experts. Email us at

About PLDA
PLDA has been successfully delivering PCI and PCI Express IP for more than 18 years. With over 5,800 licenses, PLDA has established a vast customer base and the world’s broadest PCIe ecosystem. PLDA has maintained its leadership over four generations of PCI Express specifications, enabling customers to reduce risk and accelerate time to market for their ASIC and FPGA based designs. PLDA provides a complete PCIe solution with its IP cores, FPGA boards for ASIC prototyping, PCIe BFM/testbench, PCIe drivers and APIs. PLDA is a global company with offices in North America (San Jose, California) and Europe (France, Italy, Bulgaria).

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