Registration Details & Policies - Virtual Workshop

How to Register:
The four categories for registration are:

  1. Add-in Card Vendor – Add-in Card Vendors are scheduled to visit each compatible System/Systemboard/BIOS room. There is no limit to the number of cards that may be registered per company. 
    1. SFF-8639/U.2 Products:
      1. Please note that an Add-in Card attendee can register 1-2 CEM based Add-in Cards OR 1-2 SFF-8639/U.2 Add-in Cards for testing.
      2. If your SFF-8639/U.2 card supports Dual Link, you may only register one dual link card per person.
  2. System/Systemboard/BIOS Vendor – Your system will be moved to the Gold test suites by PCI-SIG personnel and will also be used for Interoperability testing with registered Add-in Cards.
    1. Test equipment vendors who register as system vendors are REQUIRED to ship a PCI Express system which can be utilized for interoperability testing in addition to testing you may do with your test equipment.
      1. SFF-8639/U.2 Products:
        1. SFF-8639/U.2 Official Testing is now offered. 
  3. Bridge/Switch Vendor – BRIDGE OR SWITCH EVALUATION BOARDS MUST REGISTER AS AN ADD-IN CARD AND AS A SYSTEM (requires two copies of the bridge or switch). The upstream port of a bridge or switch must be registered and tested as an Add-in Card (see item 2 above). A downstream port of a bridge or switch must be registered and tested as a System slot (see item 3 above). The testing as an Add-in Card and as a System slot must be performed at the same workshop (not two different workshops). For certain tests an Add-in Card (Type 0 Configuration header) is required and you must provide such an Endpoint.
  4. Repeater Vendor – A REPEATER TYPE PRODUCT MUST REGISTER AS AN ADD-IN CARD AND MUST INCLUDE AN ACTUAL ADD-IN CARD (Endpoint with type 0 configuration header) CONNECTED TO THE REPEATER, WHICH WILL THEN BE TESTED AS A TWO CARD COMBINATION. The testing will be performed at the Repeater Card PCIe connector tab. In order to perform testing the card combination must be able to plug into the systems and compliance test platforms at the workshop. If the two-card combination (Repeater + Add-in Card) passes all of the testing requirements, then the repeater can be added to the Integrators List as an Add-in Card. Note that the Add-in Card to be used in combination with the repeater card must be provided by the Repeater vendor (the PCIe Add-in Card and repeater must be of the same PCIe revision level that you will be testing to).

Add-in Card Vendors | What to Bring:
Each product owner in a session is required to ship the equipment listed below:

  • In order to ensure all testing can be completed, Add-in Card vendors must ship at least two (2) identical copies of the same Add-in Card for Single Function devices or three (3) identical copies for Multi-function devices, with a USB flash drive of appropriate drivers: Windows 7, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008, Linux, and Solaris. Note that Windows 7 and Windows 10 is the most common OS in use at a workshop, therefore including a Win 7 or Win 10 driver will maximize interoperability opportunities. If you happen to only support a Linux driver, then you should also ship a bootable copy of the version of Linux that is compatible with your Linux driver. 
  • Any adapters that are required for your product to test with a CEM slot (i.e. an M.2 adapter).
  • Hardware required for card operation. Examples: Portable server for LAN card or a device on the secondary side of a bridge. A hardfile power supply.
  • A software application or utility (if needed) to demonstrate device functional operation during the one-on-one interoperability testing sessions. It is necessary to demonstrate functional operation of the product, via the ability to move data between the product and system memory.
  • Switch vendors must ship their own endpoints for PCIeCV and Link/Transaction testing. The endpoint needs to support the maximum speed for the targeted specification (i.e. 8GT/s for 3.0 and 16GT/s for 4.0) and it needs to support the maximum link width supported by the switch device. Switch vendors must also bring their own system to plug into when testing the downstream ports of the switch as a system.
  • Repeater vendors must ship their own endpoints for PCIeCV and Link/Transaction testing. The endpoint needs to support the maximum speed for the targeted specification (i.e. 8GT/s for 3.0 and 16GT/s for 4.0) and it needs to support the maximum link width supported by the repeater device. 

System Vendors | What to Ship:
Each product owner in the sessions is required to ship the equipment listed below:

  • System with monitor, keyboard, mouse, an available USB port and at least one (prefer 2-3) of the following OS’s loaded:
    • Windows 7, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008, Linux, or Solaris. Note that Windows 7 and Windows 10 are the most common driver in use at a workshop, therefore including a Win 7 or Win 10 OS will maximize interoperability opportunities.

Interoperability Testing:

PCI-SIG Compliance Workshops include one-on-one private 45 minute test sessions between an Add-in Card vendor and a System vendor (Add-in Card vendors travel to the system vendor suites). For the virtual event, PCI-SIG staff will be test the products in as many combinations as time and capabilities permit. The results of these test sessions are recorded and will be used as one of the elements in determining PCI-SIG compliance. The privacy of these sessions promotes willingness to test products that may not be fully “market ready.”

Interoperability testing may require a specific device driver to support the Add-in Card in combination with the OS used by the System vendor. Providing a device driver to support the Add-in Card is the responsibility of the Add-in Card vendor and it is highly recommended that the device driver is digitally signed. Future System/OS support for non-digitally device drivers may not exist. When an Add-in Card vendor brings a non-signed device driver and the System/OS used for testing can be put in a mode that allows the use of non-signed device drivers, the interoperability test can be performed with the System/OS in that mode. It is the responsibility of the Add-in Card to put the System/OS in the non-signed device driver support mode and revert the System/OS back to its original state.

    Testing Schedules and Retesting:

    • For the PCI-SIG Compliance testing (“Gold” suites) each attendee will be provided with a video teleconference schedule to interact with the tester during the scheduled time slot. The testing schedule will not be adjusted for participant availability and reschedules will not be allowed. Please note that a teleconference will not be provided for Interoperability testing.
    • Attendees are only assured testing opportunities during their scheduled time-slots. Re-testing and debugging will not be allowed during the virtual event. All products that register for the virtual event must be “Integrators List” ready.

    Integrators List Requirements:
    Products that pass 80% of one-on-one interoperability test sessions, pass all appropriate PCI-SIG Compliance tests, and submit the Product Listing Request Form, may be listed on a PCI-SIG Integrators List. The Integrators List is used by a number of PCI-SIG companies to make product purchase decisions. When submitting the Product Listing Request Form, only one product will be listed per product tested at a PCI-SIG Compliance Workshop.

    PCI Express 4.0 Only: PCI-SIG Integrators List testing for CEM devices is performed at the PCI Express connector, and AICs or System boards that pass can be added to the Integrators List. Vendors that wish to place the corresponding component onto the Integrators List based on that passing result, must certify to PCI-SIG that the electrical interface exposed at the CEM connector is the electrical interface of that component. Note that devices such as redrivers or retimers when present between the component and the CEM connector prevent the full electrical and functional testing of the component itself, and therefore while such an AIC or System board may achieve a passing result (and be placed on the Integrators List as an AIC or System), the component itself has not achieved a passing result and therefore cannot be placed on the Integrators List as a Component unless specifically tested.

    Questions?
    If you have any questions, please contact PCI-SIG at Tel. (503) 619-0569 or Fax (503) 644-6708 or e-mail PCI-SIG Administration at compliance@pcisig.com.