Case Study: Guangdong Nufront CSC CO., LTD


  • Key project challenges drove the need for third-party USB IP:
    • Meeting an aggressive time-to-market window
    • Reducing development cost
    • Meeting performance, power and area targets

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:
    • 28-nm
    • 40-nm
  • Integrated Synopsys USB IP into Mobile Multimedia (smartphone, tablet/netbook, digital camera, camcorder, etc.) SoC.


  • Main reasons for selecting Synopsys’ USB IP:
    • Extensive silicon success
    • Standards certification and interoperability
    • Quality of the IP
    • Ease of integration effort
  • Rated Synopsys DesignWare USB IP in the following categories as compared to the competition:
    • Area: Extremely differentiated
    • Power consumption: Extremely differentiated
    • Performance: Extremely differentiated
    • Standards certification: Extremely differentiated
    • Features/capabilities: Extremely differentiated
    • Ease of integration: Extremely differentiated
    • Completeness of solution (e.g., controller + PHY + verification IP): Extremely differentiated
  • Saved 9-12 staff-months in development and integration over their alternatives with Synopsys USB IP.
  • Saved 31 to 40% in power consumption using Synopsys USB IP over competitive USB IP alternatives.
  • Realized the following benefits with Synopsys USB IP:
    • Achieved USB-IF certification
    • Accelerated development schedule
Zhaolu Tan, Engineer, Guangdong Nufront CSC CO., LTD

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