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Synopsys, Alereon demonstrate interoperability for wireless USB tech

Posted: 28 Sep 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless? usb? wimedia? uwb compatible physical layer?

Synopsys Inc. and Alereon have announced the interoperability testing between Alereon's WiMedia UWB compatible physical layer (PHY) and the Synopsys DesignWare cores Wireless Universal Serial Bus (WiUSB) device controller IP, based on the certified Wireless USB specification from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF).

Testing is performed on a Synopsys reference design that includes the Synopsys WiUSB device controller IP in an FPGA and the AL4000 family PHY from Alereon. Interoperability testing between the digital core and the analog PHY lowers the risk for engineers integrating certified wireless USB into their SoCs and accelerates their development cycle.

The Synopsys WiUSB device controller includes the Wireless USB platform adaptation layer (PAL) and a WiMedia UWB MAC optimized for use in certified wireless USB products. The WiMedia MAC handles WiMedia UWB traffic and has a WiMedia MAC-PHY interface for compatibility with standard, discrete WiMedia PHYs, such as the Alereon PHY.

In addition, Microsoft is testing its Certified Wireless USB software drivers with the Synopsys WiUSB device controller IP reference design, which includes the Alereon PHY.

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