Matrox Leverages nSys Verification Solution for PCI Express

Fremont, Calif., January 9, 2004. Netsys Software Pvt. Ltd.(nSys), a solution provider for emerging standards, today announced that Matrox Graphics Inc. has signed an agreement to license nSys PCI Express nVS verification tools for use in its chip design efforts. Matrox engineers are now using PCI Express nVS product to verify the correct operation of the PCI Express interface in its chip designs. The tool helps Matrox engineers catch potential bugs during pre-silicon verification.

The PCI Express architecture is a fast emerging as the serial interconnect technology of future that will replace the AGP standard in motherboards for the next generation of graphics applications. PCI Express provides high-bandwidth, low pin-count implementations for optimized performance.

"PCI Express is a key technology for our next-generation Graphics offering and we've developed a very sophisticated verification environment to ensure the quality of this new interface," said David Chiappini, ASIC Project Director at Matrox. "We were impressed by the very strong feature set of the PCI Express nVS. Our team found the nVS to be very intuitive to use & it had good programmable parameters providing the desired flexibility, concise and clear documentation backed by very responsive & supportive engineering team. nSys team understood our requirement and ensured that the nVS integrated very well with our verification environment”

"Matrox has taken its place as leader and innovator in today’s hottest, most state-of-the-art technologies in the fields of Graphics," said nSys Director Atul Bhatia. "They have built a robust verification technology to meet time-to-market pressures. With PCI Express nVS, nSys is providing Matrox with a complete verification solution integrated to work with their verification environment."

About PCI Express nVS:
The PCI Express nVS (nSys Verification Solution) is a complete verification solution consisting of Bus Function Model (BFM), Monitor & Test Suites for functional verification of PCI Express components. The nVS allows design and verification engineers to quickly & extensively test the entire functionality of their PCI Express compliant devices. Availability of Test Suites enables the designer to focus on features unique to his design. The nVS leverages advanced verification techniques in creating a versatile testbench environment.

Key features:

  • Ready-to-test in less than an hour
  • Support for: Endpoints, RC/ Switch, Bridges
  • Support for all Link widths from x1 to x32
  • Send completely automated/user configured packets in any of the three layers
  • Inject/detect errors in all the 3 layers
  • Test Suites: Random, Compliance, Error, Directed Tests
  • Performance analyzer
  • Consistent interface across the nVS family
About nSys:
nSys provides flexible solutions to reduce time-to-market for its customers by addressing their verification needs for SoC development. By leveraging its vast experience in standards-based product development, the nSys team creates verification solutions that solve the most challenging functional verification problems in the world. The nSys solutions are in the form of Verification IPs backed by services.

For more information, please visit nSys at or contact nSys directly at: 510-818-0972, or email: Email Contact

About Matrox Graphics Inc:
Matrox Graphics Inc, the leading manufacturer of professional graphics solutions, has been delivering high-quality, innovative 2D/3D and video graphics accelerators for more than a quarter century. Pioneer of the trend-setting DualHead® technology, Matrox is a graphics chip designer and board manufacturer whose products have been awarded over 1,000 times worldwide for their superior image quality, practical ingenuity and unwavering stability. A privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Matrox has international offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Information on Matrox products, drivers, technical support and more can be found at:

PCI Express is a trademark of PCI-SIG. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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