PARIS EDA and IP vendor Synopsys Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) said its DesignWare SuperSpeed USB 3.0 IP solution has received the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) SuperSpeed USB certification.
Synopsys noted that prior to receiving the certification, the IP must pass protocol, electrical, and interoperability tests for SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0, 5 Gbps) and Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0, 480 Mbps).
"Passing certification is important as it demonstrates that the IP meets USB-IF interoperability standards and is compliant to the USB 3.0 specification," stated Jeff Ravencraft, president and chairman, USB-IF. "Certification of IP building blocks is an important step in the evolution of SuperSpeed USB technology, it assures designers that the solution interoperates with existing USB products while providing the speed and power benefits that SuperSpeed USB offers."
Synopsys specified that the DesignWare SuperSpeed USB Device, Hub, Host and Dual-Role Device Controllers, virtual prototype and driver IP are available now. The DesignWare SuperSpeed USB PHY IP is available in leading 65nm and 130-nm process technologies now with support for 28-nm and 40-nm process technologies expected to be available in the second half of 2010.
Earlier this year, Synopsys announced it had readied SuperSpeed USB 3.0 transaction-level models to enable pre-RTL and pre-silicon software development, verification and architecture exploration.
Supporting the Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) TLM-2.0 API specification, the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 models are part of the DesignWare System-Level Library which features more than 100 TLM models, including models of the DesignWare Interface IP portfolio.