LONDON Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor intellectual property (IP) group Chipidea has started sampling a USB controller core, a block designed to complement the company’s range of USB physical layer transceiver (PHY) IP.
The Chipidea 1.0a is a USB 2.0 link controller IP core that was acquired in a technology transfer from TransDimension.
Designers at Chipidea (Lisbon, Portugal) enhanced the performance of this USB controller core with source code revisions and incorporated this into the company’s design flow process. All the improvements to this controller are available to new and existing customers with USB maintenance contracts.
The company says the latest version of the core lays the foundation for future USB controller releases that can be specifically customized for a wide variety of market applications.
The design incorporates a low gate count for, cost-effective, low-power USB-based SoC solutions. The architecture is a blend of firmware and hardware and features a direct memory access (DMA) engine for high data throughput.
“Our new USB controller is a perfect match with Chipidea’s extensive portfolio of silicon-proven USB PHYs, which means we can deliver a USB solution for virtually any configuration the market needs,” said Luis Miguel Sampaio, vice president of Chipidea IP Connectivity Solutions, in a statement.