Rambus and ALi Corporation announced that ALi has licensed Rambus' RaSer IP cell for PCI Express applications. ALi will integrate the RaSer cell in its mainstream core logic chipset products further enabling the broad adoption of PCI Express for desktop and mobile computing systems.
The Rambus RaSer PHY cell for PCI Express applications is a complete serial communication cell optimized for implementing the physical layer of the PCI Express standard. The RaSer PHY is based on a proven SerDes cell used in multiple applications including InfiniBand and Ethernet XAUI products. In addition, Rambus offers a configurable Physical Coding Sublayer (PCS) as a synthesizeable RTL core to provide customers a flexible interface to the PCI Express MAC and upper logic layers. All Rambus RaSer cells are available with a comprehensive set of standard chip design tools for seamless integration into customer design flows. In addition, Rambus' IC package, board and system design support helps ensure fast time-to-market.
ALi did not reveal in which products it will use the technology, but obviously in its I/O controllers as well as in core-logic products, possibly.