Faraday Technology Corp. today will announce commercial availability of USB 2.0 transceiver and controller IP cores designed to reduce integration effort for USB device applications.
The ASIC design firm is offering the cores in 0.25- and 0.18-micron technol-ogy through its IP business unit, Faraday Technology USA, which primarily serves customers that have internal chip design resources but need ready-made IP blocks to save time and development cost.
Being introduced today are the FZUSB200 physical layer, FUSB200 controller, and EV200 evaluation system. Faraday's strategy is to provide a complete USB offering that cuts design time, test time, and cost while increasing performance of the cores, according to director of sales Mike Shamshirian, Sunnyvale, Calif.
"About 99% of the time, customers need both the PHY and the digital controller," Shamshirian said. "A lot of the complaints we've heard from them is that when they buy a PHY from one vendor and a digital controller from another, even though they are designed to a standard a lot of tweaking is needed for the cores to play in concert."
The FZUSB200 transceiver supports USB speeds of 480, 12, and 1.2Mbits/s. The transceiver is compliant with the UTMI 1.05 interface and offers 8- or 16-bit data packet transfer at 60 or 30MHz, respectively. Active current is less than 70mA, while suspend current is less than 110µA.
The FUSB200 controller is a synthesizable core that supports USB speeds of 480 and 12Mbits/s. It supports up to 30 configurable endpoints with 1, 2, or 4Kbit FIFO blocks. Faraday provides the USB controller with interface options for a standard 8032 microcontroller or 32-bit RISC.
The EV200 evaluation system includes an FZUSB200 test chip, an FUSB200 daughtercard, an 8032 socket, device drivers for Windows XP, and endpoint test program utilities.
Faraday is aiming the cores at high-performance consumer applications that are cost sensitive, such as storage, printers, scanners, and video cameras.
Projections from In-Stat/MDR furnished by Faraday indicate that USB device shipments will increase from 350 million in 2002 to 700 million in 2006. At the same time, the emerging USB 2.0 standard will grow from shipments of less than 50 million units in 2002 to more than 400 million units in 2006, according to the Scottsdale, Ariz., research firm.
The company plans to offer USB cores in 0.13-micron process technology starting in the third quarter, but the bulk of USB production has been in 0.25 micron and is expected to move to 0.18 micron in the second half of this year, Shamshirian said.
Additionally, Faraday expects to release a 0.18-micron USB 2.0 PHY for host applications in the second quarter of 2003, followed in the third quarter by 0.18-micron cores supporting USB On-The-Go, a peer-to-peer variation.