PLDA and M31 Announce a Compliant PCI Express® 3.0 Solution Including PLDA’s XpressRICH3 Controller and M31’s PHY IP for the TSMC 28HPC+ Process Node at 8 GT/s

The PCIe Controller and PHY combination delivers another compliant product to the PLDA ecosystem, providing a robust third party alternative to traditional, multi-product IP providers

SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — June 7, 2016 — PLDA, the industry leader in PCI Express® and interface IP solutions and M31, a global silicon intellectual property (IP) boutique, today announced that their combined PCI Express® (PCIe®) 3.0 solution passed all PCIe 3.0 compliance tests performed by PCI-SIG® at the compliance workshop in April 2016. The solution includes PLDA’s XpressRICH3™ Controller IP combined with the M31 PHY and provides a compliant solution for the TSMC 28HPC+ Process Node. The combined solution delivers significant chip area and power saving benefits which are essential for TSMC 28HPC+ ASIC designers looking to optimize their mid- to low-end SoC designs.

PLDA and M31 are helping to ensure a more robust choice for out-of-the box PCIe 3.0 solutions for designers by focusing on PCIe compliance testing, as well as providing a silicon-proven and rigorously tested alternative to the traditional, multi-product IP providers. The addition of this product to the PCI-SIG Integrators List is the latest of several compliant solutions for the PLDA Ecosystem of independent providers.

According to PLDA’s CTO Stephane Hauradou, “PLDA’s extensive Ecosystem of innovative providers such as M31 combined with our history of groundbreaking PCIe architecture development and a track record of over 2,500 PCI Express designs in silicon delivers the quality and ease-of-integration our global customer base has come to expect from our IP products.”

"M31 is committed to provide a full set of solutions through partnerships with leading, complimentary IP providers such as PLDA and by actively pursuing certifications and compatibility tests,” said H.P. Lin, Chairman of M31. “Our goal is to completely meet the needs of our customers with distinguished and differentiated products combined with the support they need to achieve first pass silicon success.”

PCI-SIG is the consortium that owns and manages PCIe specifications as open industry standards. Its compliance workshops offer members the opportunity to test and validate their products before they enter the field. Testing is completed against PCI-SIG maintained systems, as well as other leading manufacturers of PCIe products. The rigorous testing process includes interoperability testing on a range of PC hardware products, transaction layer and data link testing, physical layer testing and configuration testing.

“We’re pleased that PLDA and M31 have partnered to provide a PCIe 3.0 compliant solution,” said Al Yanes, PCI-SIG president and chairman. “Their combined efforts to participate in the PCIe specification compliance testing help ensure the continued expansion and success of the PCIe architecture.”

Learn More during the TSMC OIP and Symposium:
PLDA will be exhibiting at both the TSMC OIP and TSMC Symposium 2016 shows in Amsterdam, Netherland from June 13-14, 2016. To set up a time to discuss PLDA or M31’s solutions, please email

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About PLDA
PLDA has been successfully delivering PCI and PCI Express IP for more than 20 years. With over 6,200 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).

About M31 Technology
M31 Technology Corporation is a professional silicon intellectual property (IP) provider. The company was founded in July, 2011 with its headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan. M31’s strength is in R&D and customer service. With substantial experiences in IP development, IC design and electronic design automation fields, M31 focuses on providing high-speed interface IPs, memory compilers and standard cell library solutions. For more information, please visit

PCI-SIG is the consortium that owns and manages PCI specifications as open industry standards. The organization defines industry standard I/O (input/output) specifications consistent with the needs of its members. Currently, PCI-SIG is comprised of nearly 800 industry-leading member companies. To join PCI-SIG, and for a list of the Board of Directors, visit

PCI-SIG, PCI Express and PCIe are trademarks or registered trademarks of PCI-SIG. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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