Case Study: InfoTM Microelectronics

Challenges

  • Key project challenges drove the need for a third-party USB IP:
    • Meeting an aggressive time-to-market window
    • Reducing development cost
    • Availability of IP in target foundry process
    • Reducing project risk
    • Enabling the design team to focus on differentiated portions of their design

Use Case

  • Uses the following Synopsys USB IP:
    • USB 2.0 Controller
    • USB 2.0 PHY
  • Used the following process nodes to implement Synopsys’ USB IP:
    • 40-nm
    • 65-nm
  • Integrated Synopsys USB IP into Mobile Multimedia (smartphone, tablet/netbook, digital camera, camcorder, etc.) SoC.

Results

  • Main reasons for selecting Synopsys’ USB IP:
    • Extensive silicon success
    • Quality of the IP
    • Ease of integration effort
    • Completeness of solution (controller, PHY, verification IP)
  • Rated Synopsys DesignWare USB IP in the following categories as compared to the competition:
    • Power consumption: Differentiated
    • Performance: Highly differentiated
    • Standards certification: Highly differentiated
    • Features/capabilities: Highly differentiated
    • Ease of integration: Highly differentiated
    • Completeness of solution (e.g., controller + PHY + verification IP): Extremely differentiated
  • Saved 6-8 staff-months in development and integration over their alternatives with Synopsys USB IP.
  • Realized the following benefits with Synopsys USB IP:
    • Achieved first pass silicon success
    • Met design’s performance, power and area goals
    • Achieved first-to-market

Testimonials

“Synopsys’ reliability made us believe that integrating USB in our SoC would be problem-free, and it was.”

Source:
Chuck Liu, Engineering Manager, InfoTM Microelectronics Co.,Ltd

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