Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Synopsys' DesignWare MIPI D-PHY cuts area and power by 50 percent

MOUNTAIN VIEW, USA: Synopsys Inc. announced that it has cut the area and power consumption of its DesignWare MIPI D-PHY by 50 percent compared to competitive solutions while increasing performance to 2.5 Gbps per lane, reducing system-on-chip (SoC) silicon cost and extending battery life for mobile, consumer and automotive applications.

Compliant to the MIPI D-PHY v1.2 specification and part of a complete solution with DesignWare MIPI DSI and CSI-2 Controllers and verification IP (VIP), the D-PHY reduces integration risk and the effort of connecting to a variety of image sensors and displays.

"The DesignWare MIPI D-PHY offered low power consumption, high performance and configurability options that were critical to the success of our Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit," said Sean Mitchell, senior VP and COO at Movidius. "Using Synopsys' high-quality MIPI IP solutions that support the latest specifications and features helps us quickly incorporate needed functionality into our SoCs with less risk."

"Over the last 10 years, Synopsys has played an active role in MIPI Alliance working groups, contributing to the development and proliferation of MIPI Alliance technology," said Joel Huloux, chairman of the board of MIPI Alliance. "With the introduction of the latest DesignWare MIPI D-PHY, Synopsys helps designers take advantage of the high-performance and low-power capabilities specified in the D-PHY v1.2 specification to quickly deploy SoCs for high-end mobile, consumer and automotive image sensor and display applications."

"To accelerate their time-to-market, designers of high-resolution products require proven IP that helps lower the risk of incorporating the interfaces into their SoCs," said Jurgen Beck, VP and GM at Keysight Technologies. "Our measurement tools and Synopsys' new D-PHY IP help support and develop the entire MIPI ecosystem, and we look forward to collaborating with Synopsys on future MIPI developments."

The DesignWare MIPI D-PHY is the physical layer used for MIPI CSI-2 and DSI Host and Device applications to connect image sensors and displays to SoCs in mobile and embedded applications. The DesignWare MIPI D-PHY is the first D-PHY that is compliant to the MIPI Alliance D-PHY v1.2 specification, enabling operation speeds up to 2.5 Gbps per lane.

For high-resolution output, four lanes of the DesignWare MIPI D-PHY can be aggregated to support 10 Gbps speeds and eight data lanes can be aggregated to achieve 20 Gbps speeds. In addition, the DesignWare MIPI D-PHY's configurability options enable designers to reduce the number of SoC designs required to target multiple applications, minimizing time-to-market.

"By delivering an extremely small-area and low-power D-PHY to the fast-paced and competitive mobile market, Synopsys helps designers differentiate their SoCs in both silicon cost and battery life," said John Koeter, VP of marketing for IP and prototyping at Synopsys. "With a broad portfolio of high-quality IP supporting the latest MIPI Alliance standards, Synopsys enables designers to integrate the latest functionality into SoCs for the mobile and consumer markets."

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