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Date: 30/10/2014

Synopsys unveils 4 silicon IPs: processor IP, USB3.1, NVM and sensor interface

Is Synopsys heading to become much stronger semiconductor IP vendor! The speed of new IPs coming out from Synopsys clearly indicate they intend to grow fast in semiconductor IP market. Below are some of the IPs unveiled in October 2014.

1. Synopsys has made available its DesignWare ARC HS38 high-speed processor IP core. Like the previously-released HS34 and HS36 processors, the 32-bit ARC HS38 is optimized for power efficiency (DMIPS/mW) and area efficiency (DMIPS/mm2) with additional features to support embedded Linux and other high-end operating systems. A single HS38 processor delivers up to 4200 DMIPS at speeds up to 2.2 GHz in typical 28-nanometer (nm) silicon, more than twice the performance of previous generation ARC 770D cores supporting Linux. The ARC HS38's performance and low power consumption make it ideally suited to address the growing embedded control and signal processing demands of devices such as home routers and gateways, data centers, digital TVs, networked appliances and automotive infotainment.

2. Synopsys is providing silicon-proven DesignWare AEON Few Time Programmable (FTP) Trim Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) IP for TowerJazz 180-nanometer (nm) SL process technology. The NVM IP integrates high voltage generation and control circuitry using a standard CMOS technology without the need for additional masks or processing steps. The IP operates from a single core supply, eliminating the complication of providing a separate voltage for NVM programming.

3. Synopsys introduced the industry's first USB 3.1 IP solution, consisting of DesignWare USB 3.1 Device Controller, an IP Virtual Development Kit (VDK) and verification IP (VIP) to accelerate the development of high-performance storage, digital office and mobile system-on-chip (SoC) applications. Synopsys' DesignWare USB 3.1 IP solutions support 10 Gbps data transfer rates, power-down capabilities and compatibility with existing USB 3.0
software stacks and device protocols.

4. Synopsys unveiled the new DesignWare Sensor and Control silicon IP Subsystem for range of ultra-low power embedded sensor and control applications. The Sensor and Control IP Subsystem integrates the DesignWare ARC EM4, EM6, EM5D or EM7D 32-bit processors, delivering efficient real-time control and DSP performance required for ultra-low power sensor- and control-based applications. Newly integrated peripherals include a UART for serial communication as well as a Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) block and Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) interface for actuator/motor control functions. The optional IEEE 754-2008 compliant floating point unit (FPU) reduces energy consumption by up to 10X for sensor fusion applications implementing floating point operations. The DesignWare Sensor and Control IP Subsystem provides designers with a pre-verified, SoC-ready IP subsystem that delivers the energy-efficient processing required in markets such as the Internet of Things (IoT).