Toshiba Announces Immediate IP Subsystem Availability of PCI Express® and DDR3 for Custom LSI Platforms

May 31, 2016 TOKYO– Toshiba Corporation’s (TOKYO: 6502) Storage & Device Solutions Company announced today the immediate availability of PCI Express *1 and DDR3 SDRAM *2 IP subsystems *3 developed in conjunction with Northwest Logic, a leading provider of high-performance, easy-to-use, silicon-proven PCI Express and Memory Interface IP cores. These subsystems are available on custom LSI platforms, including ASIC and FFSATM *4.

The PCI Express cores include standard-compliant, full-featured PCI Express 3.0/2.1/1.1 Cores and high-performance, scatter-gather DMA *5 Cores and Drivers (Linux® & Windows®). The DDR3 SDRAM Controller Core provides high-bandwidth support with a full set of optional add-on cores which include ARM® AMBA® AXI *6, multi-port, reordering *7, ECC *8 and memory test support.

“We are excited to collaborate with Toshiba to provide complete PCI Express and DDR3 SDRAM controller + PHY IP subsystems for the Toshiba FFSA™ and ASIC platforms. These pre-verified IP subsystems enable chip designers to quickly create high-performance, high-complexity SOC designs,” said Brian Daellenbach, CEO of Northwest Logic.

“By combining the IP and expertise of our two companies we are in a strong position to offer robust, value added IP subsystem solutions and expert support to our customers enabling products to be brought to market quickly,” said Yukihiro Urakawa, Technical Executive of Toshiba.

Toshiba leverages comprehensive expertise from design to manufacture to offer a wide range of custom LSI solutions. FFSATM is an innovative, flexible custom LSI solution with pre-designed masters featuring configurable I/Os, SerDes, SRAMs and logic devices that can be configured according to customer requirements.

Going forward, Toshiba will continue to provide solutions that help customers to optimize their system design and achieve timely product development.

*1: Industry standard, I/O serial interface which is broadly used in computing system.
*2: One of DRAM industry standard used as main memory for PC and Server.
*3: The IP solution consists of IPs which is required to develop system LSI. It is designed to implement into high-speed interface subsystem easily.
*4: Technology enables Toshiba to develop integrated circuits with much lower development costs and much shorter development turn-around times by reducing the number of metal layers that must be customized.
*5: Direct Memory Access (DMA) is required for high-throughput data transfers and the DMA engine performs bursts transactions into and out of System Memory.
*6: On-chip interconnect specification of ARM Limited.
*7: The technology to change the order of memory operation to increase the efficiency of memory interface.
*8: Error Check and Correction. The technology to secure reliability of the data.



*PCI Express is a registered trademark of PCI-SIG.
*Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries.
*Windows is either a registered trademark or a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
*ARM and AMBA are registered trademarks of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the EU and other countries.
*FFSA is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation
*All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

To find out more about Toshiba custom LSI solutions, visit

Customer Inquiries:
Logic LSI Sales & Marketing Group
Tel: +81-44-548-2110

*Information in this document, including product prices and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current on the date of the announcement but is subject to change without prior notice.

About Toshiba
Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into three focus business fields: Energy that sustains everyday life, that is cleaner and safer; Infrastructure that sustains quality of life; and Storage that sustains the advanced information society. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations and is contributing to the realization of a world where generations to come can live better lives.

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of 550 consolidated companies employing 188,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 5.7 trillion yen (US$50 billion). (As of March 31, 2016.)
To find out more about Toshiba, visit

About Northwest Logic

Northwest Logic, founded in 1995 and located in Beaverton, Oregon, provides high-performance, silicon-proven, easy-to-use IP cores including high-performance PCI Express solution (PCI Express 4.0, 3.0, 2.1 and 1.1 cores and drivers), Memory Interface Solution (HBM, MRAM, DDR4/3/2, LPDDR4/3/2 SDRAM; RLDRAM 3/II), and MIPI Solution (CSI-2, DSI). These solutions support a full range of platforms including ASICs, Structured ASICs and FPGAs.
For additional information, visit

Media Inquiries:
Toshiba Corporation
Storage & Device Solutions Company
Chiaki Nagasawa, +81-3-3457-4963

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