PCIe Transparent Board Management

Dolphin eXpressWare software now includes an easy to use way to manage and monitor transparent PCIe Host and Target cards.

Most PCIe chipsets and professional adapter cards will have functionality for advanced status logging. This typically includes detailed PCIe link status and transaction reports (including retriable and fatal PCIe errors), performance counters, board power supply health and status, chip and environmental temperatures.

Without specialized software, this information is hard to extract.

The PCIe Transparent Board Management software enables users to extract this information and verify a healthy operational condition and link status. This can be done both for evaluating and tuning new designs as well as for monitoring production systems to trigger pro-active maintenance (replace a cable that may cause problems in the future).

The current PCIe Transparent Board Management software currently supports the following functionality:

Additional features will be added in future releases.

If you connect one of the supported Dolphin PCIe cards to 3rd party device, the driver will not recognize the target device, but the statistics collected from the Transparent Host card may still be very useful for testing and debugging a target card / device under development.

 

Availability

The PCIe Transparent Board Management software will be available for Dolphins PXH812, PXH832 and PXH842 cards. Initially for Linux, Windows is planned.

The software is currently available for beta testing. Please e-mail pci-support@dolphinics.com if you would like to test the new capabilities.