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Synopsys' configurable storage controller IP with CE-ATA support

Posted: 04 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Synopsys? DesignWare? Mobile? Storage? CE-ATA?

Synopsys Inc. has released a fully configurable and synthesizable DesignWare Mobile Storage Host controller IP that is interoperable with the Microdrive 3K8 CE-ATA hard drive of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. The device, intended for integration with SoCs, is expected to facilitate development of products requiring the CE-ATA interface.

According to Synopsys, the seamless function of their product with the CE-ATA interface enables customers to improve time-to-market by reducing risk and avoiding re-spins of silicon for CE-ATA mobile applications.

The product is also configurable to support secure digital and MMC specifications, thereby enabling designers to choose the appropriate feature set from a single IP core. This flexibility is required for high-capacity electronic mobile devices that support fixed or removable storage options, said Synopsys.

Target applications include feature-rich smart phones, digital cameras and MP3 players. The low-power architecture of DesignWare Mobile Storage Host Controller IP supports command completion signals, which reduces power consumption in CE-ATA implementations.

"Synopsys supports the latest connectivity standards such as CE-ATA and interoperability testing is an important element for the success of the Mobile Storage Ecosystem," said Guri Stark, vice president of marketing for the Solutions Group at Synopsys, in a statement. "The DesignWare Mobile Storage Host Controller IP will help designers build innovative and power-efficient SoCs for mobile consumer products requiring small form factor disk drives."

Synopsys' DesignWare Mobile Storage Host Controller IP with support for CE-ATA, SD and MMC is already available.




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