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IP cores boost functionality in consumer apps

Posted: 15 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:USB? IP core? PHY? SoC?

MIPS Technologies Inc. has introduced the industry's first 40nm USB PHY IP core and first USB-certified 1.8V 45nm USB PHY IP core. These cores help developers to easily maximize USB's functionality into their improved SoCs for a wide range of consumer devices. A cellphone chipset vendor will be first to go into production with a SoC that integrates MIPS Technologies' silicon-proven 1.8V 45nm PHY.

Technology market research firm In-Stat said more than 2.6 billion wired USB-enabled devices were shipped in 2007, getting into PCs, PC peripherals, consumer electronics, communications, and automobiles markets. Based on its forecast, annual shipment growth of USB-enabled devices by 2012 will be 8.3 percent.

"With our new USB PHY IP products, we continue our efforts to provide our proven IP in the most advanced technology nodes, enabling our customers immediate access for next-gen development," said Celio Albuquerque, director of physical connectivity solutions, Analog Business Group, MIPS Technologies. "As USB market growth soars, customers are seeking our USB IP solutions, such as PHYs and controllers, to be released in the market at the lowest possible cost and the fastest time to produce," he added.

The company's new USB PHY IP cores have a new generation of USB PHY architectures using 1.8V or alternatively 2.5V IO devices to deliver the industry's lowest power consumption for 45nm and 40nm SoC designs. Low power, along with a complete, silicon-saving design, makes these IP cores fit for advanced mobile applications. Improved programmability allows developers to adjust the analog parameters of their system for maximum capacity results in silicon.

The IP cores offer the users a choice of 2.5V and 1.8V transistors for USB PHYs.

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