Fundamentals of PCI Express eLearning Course

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Fundamentals of PCI Express eLearning Course

Instructor(s): Mike Jackson
Number of Modules: 7
Subscription Length: 90 days

Course Price

Fundamentals of PCI Express eLearning Course Info

What's Included?

Fundamentals of PCIe eLearning modules
(unlimited access for 90 days)
PDF of Course Slides
(yours to keep, does not expire)

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You Will Learn:

  • How PCIe is backward compatible with PCI and PCI-X
  • Motivation for PCIe serial model
  • Software view of the topology
  • Definition and responsibilities of each layer in the PCIe interface
  • PCIe transaction types and definitions
  • The routing method used for each request and completion
  • Roles of the Flow Control and ACK / NAK features
  • Purpose and behavior of the logical blocks within the Physical Layer
  • Error types and the associated levels of severity

Who Should View?

This course provides a great overview of the basics of the PCI Express 2.0 technology and is for individuals who need to know the fundamentals of PCI Express but not the low-level implementation or validation details. This course was designed with FAEs and managers in mind but is also a great jump-start for design/validation/verification engineers wanting to learn this IO bus. If you are looking for a course that covers more of the low-level details and features, please check out our Comprehensive PCI Express 2.0 eLearning Course.

Course Outline:

  • PCI Background
    - Describes the pieces of PCI and PCI-X that are still relevant for PCIe: configuration, address spaces, interrupts, split transaction, etc.
  • PCIe Overview
    - Describes: Links, Lanes, Throughput, PCIe Topologies, Root Complexes, Endpoints, Switches, Transaction Types, Config Space, Enumeration, and more
  • Layered Architecture
    - Provides overview of Transaction Layer and its functions (Flow Control, Quality of Service, etc.), Data Link Layer and its functions (reliable data delivery, ACK / NAK protocol, etc.), and Physical Layer and its functions
  • Address Spaces and Transaction Routing
    - Memory, IO and Config Address Spaces are covered as well as the routing types: route by address, route by ID, route implicitly (broadcast, go to root, terminate at receiver, etc.)
  • Flow Control
    - Discusses the purpose and behavior of the Flow Control protocol (credit values, timers, blocking, etc.)
  • ACK / NAK Protocol
    - Defines basic operation of ACK / NAK protocol and then provides numerous examples covering border cases
  • Logical and Electrical Parts of the Physical Layer
    - Describes packet framing, byte striping, scrambling, 8b/10 encoding, elastic buffer, ordered-sets, De-emphasis, inter-symbol interference, low-voltage option
  • Error Detection and Handling
    - Defines classes of errors: Correctable, Non-Fatal and Fatal as well as covers error reporting behaviors: PCI-compatible, baseline and advanced error reporting including advisory non-fatal errors
Course Modules
Section 1: Background45 minutes
Section 2: Overview - Part A40 minutes
Section 2: Overview - Part B46 minutes
Section 3: Address Spaces & Transaction Routing16 minutes
Section 4: Flow Control & AckNak Protocol43 minutes
Section 5: Physical Layer52 minutes
Section 6: Error Detection & Handling40 minutes