Denali Software, a provider of electronic design automation (EDA) tools and intellectual property (IP) for chip interface design and verification, announced that NVIDIA Corporation has signed a multi-year agreement to license
The PCI Express architecture is a new serial interconnect technology that replaces the current AGP and PCI standards in mainboards for the next generation of graphics and other I/O applications. Obviously, NVIDIA not only needs PCI Express verification tools for its graphics processing units scheduled to come around Q2 2004, but also for its core-logic products due in the first half of next year. Acquisition of verification tools now means that none of NVIDIA’s PCI Express-supporting products have been taped out successfully yet.
Earlier this year I heard a rumour that another major graphics company tests its actual PCI Express graphics products it had taped out before with a major CPU company, an inventor of PCI Express standard. Yet another provider of professional graphics cards, 3Dlabs, a subsidiary of Creative Technology, said this February it would develop VPUs and graphics cards for PCI Express standard (see this news-story), but no information about actual devices have been issued since then.