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PHY IP enables fast HDMI integration

Posted: 17 Feb 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HDMI? PHY IP? 28nm process?

Software and IP firm Synopsis Inc. has announced the availability of DesignWare HDMI 1.4 PHY IP in advanced 28nm processes for multiple leading foundries.

SoC designs for high-end mobile multimedia and digital home applications are migrating to 28nm processes to minimize power consumption and maximize performance. The DesignWare HDMI 1.4 PHY IP has been optimized for low power, small area and high performance at 28nm, enabling design teams to quickly integrate the HDMI interface into their chips with less risk and effort.

Synopsis said the DesignWare HDMI 1.4 IP solution is a comprehensive and fully tested suite of HDMI TX (transmitter) and RX (receiver) digital controllers and high-speed PHY IP. The configurable TX and RX controllers enable designers to optimize the IP for their specific area, power and frequency requirements. The mixed-signal PHY hard macro, on the other hand, offers a superior analog front-end supporting category 2-certified HDMI cables up to 20ft long. To keep pace with rapidly evolving 3D technology and achieve audio and video quality on par with digital cinema systems, the HDMI IP supports all major 3D and 4K resolution modes with a bandwidth of up to 3.4Gb/s, Synopsis said. Additionally, baseline software drivers are included to ease integration into the full SoC. The DesignWare HDMI 1.4 IP solution is fully compliant with both the HDMI and high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) specifications and has received certification from HDMI authorized testing centers, the company added.

"The rapid adoption of advanced technologies like 3D in high-end multimedia applications is driving an increased need for chips that deliver high performance with low power consumption," said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and systems at Synopsys. "Synopsys has worked closely with leading foundries to help our mutual customers meet their evolving multimedia requirements. Availability of our DesignWare HDMI 1.4 IP on multiple 28nm processes ensures designers have access to the high-quality, silicon-proven IP they need to quickly incorporate the latest audio and video functionality into their next-generation mobile and digital home devices."

DesignWare HDMI 1.4 PHY IP is available now in 90nm to 28nm process nodes for multiple foundries. The DesignWare HDMI 1.4 TX and RX digital controllers are also available now.

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