Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Synopsys intros industry's first 28-nm multi-gear MIPI Alliance M-PHY IP supporting six standards for mobile apps

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2012, BARCELONA, SPAIN: Synopsys Inc. announced availability of a new DesignWare MIPI M-PHY IP solution supporting multiple speed gears and a broad range of high-speed interfaces for mobile applications.

Based on the industry's first silicon-proven DesignWare MIPI M-PHY IP introduced by Synopsys in 2010, the new MIPI M-PHY IP is the first 28-nanometer (nm) multi-gear solution that supports six different inter-chip interconnect protocols including the JEDEC Universal Flash Storage (UFS), the USB SuperSpeed Inter-Chip (SSIC), and the MIPI Alliance's Low Latency Interface (LLI), DigRF v4 and future CSI-3 and DSI-2 interfaces.

By providing application-oriented M-PHY IP that runs at multiple speeds and is interoperable with multiple protocols, Synopsys enables design teams to "future-proof" their designs while reducing the risk and cost of integrating MIPI interfaces into basebands, application processors and mobile ICs.

The 28-nm DesignWare MIPI M-PHY IP offers Type-I and Type-II low-speed implementations to support different application requirements. With support for high-speed GEAR1, GEAR2 and GEAR3, ranging from 1.248Gbps to 5.8Gbps, this scalable solution can meet ever-increasing data rate requirements, enabling reuse of proven IP in next-generation devices. Using a variety of high-speed and low-speed burst modes and power management modes, including idle, sleep and hibernate with quick entry and exit capability, Synopsys' DesignWare MIPI M-PHY IP can be optimized to achieve required data rates while meeting the stringent power and area requirements of mobile SoCs.

"Synopsys is regarded as a technology leader in the development of MIPI IP, and we are continuing our successful collaboration to deliver the future-proof DesignWare MIPI M-PHY IP with the Tektronix M-PHY test suite," said Mike Rizzo, technology solutions manager at Tektronix. "Our M-PHY test suite includes the popular DSA70000 Series Oscilloscope and allows M-PHY users to test the M-PHY electrical functionality and integrate high-speed MIPI interfaces into mobile chipsets."

"As a longtime contributor to the MIPI working groups, Synopsys continues to help drive MIPI specifications to build a robust mobile ecosystem," said Joel Huloux, president and chairman, MIPI Alliance. "The new DesignWare MIPI M-PHY IP will likely prove useful to designers and expand their interface choices."

The DesignWare MIPI M-PHY IP is compliant with the MIPI Alliance M-PHY v1.0 specification. By working closely with the MIPI Alliance to develop its specifications, Synopsys targets its IP to comply with future MIPI M-PHY specification releases. Synopsys DesignWare MIPI M-PHY IP supports High Speed GEAR1, GEAR2 and GEAR3 rates A/B along with Type-I and Type-II low-speed capabilities. The DesignWare MIPI M-PHY's modular architecture allows implementation of a variety of transmitter and receiver lanes to meet a broad range of system requirements and all modes outlined in the protocol specification.

A sophisticated clock recovery mechanism and power efficient clock circuitry are designed to maintain the integrity of the clocks and signals required to meet strict timing requirements. The DesignWare MIPI M-PHY supports large and small amplitudes, slew rate control and dithering functionality for optimized electromagnetic interference (EMI) performance.

"With an increasing number of devices integrating mobile functionality, IP solutions supporting mobile standards must be capable of meeting the power and performance targets of multiple end applications," said John Koeter, VP of marketing for IP and systems at Synopsys. "With support for multiple speed gears and interface protocols, the 28-nanometer DesignWare MIPI M-PHY gives designers a high-quality IP solution that can reduce the risk of integrating MIPI interfaces into their SoCs today with the scalability needed to address faster data rates in the future."

The multi-gear DesignWare MIPI M-PHY IP in the 28-nm process node will be available for early adopters in calendar Q2, 2012.

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