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Arasan's enters its bet for eMMC 5.0 spec

Posted: 04 Mar 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Arasan? JEDEC? eMMC standard? IP Solution? PHY?

IP solutions provider Arasan Chip Systems has recently announced support for the upcoming eMMC 5.0 specification which is proceeding to ratification within the JEDEC standards organisation. The upcoming eMMC standard revision is expected to double the maximum speed of the current eMMC 4.51 devices from 200MB/s to 400MB/s. In response to strong customer interest, Arasan has expanded its eMMC Total IP Solution to support the upcoming specification.

"Arasan has a track record of participating in standards development and delivering IP at the earliest possible time to satisfy customer needs," said Andrew Haines, Vice President of Marketing for Arasan. "In the case of eMMC, we are seeing tremendous interest in the anticipated specification change from our customer base which is consistent with the substantial 37 per cent year over year growth forecast by market researchers at iSuppli."

The eMMC Total IP Solution comprises digital and analogue IP cores, software stack, firmware and a hardware validation platform. The eMMC 5.0 IP core is derived from Arasan's silicon-proven eMMC IP product line. Unlike previous eMMC specifications, the 400MB/s interface will require analogue PHY components. Arasan's eMMC 5.0 Total IP Solution includes an analogue PHY, licenced as GDSII, comprising the 3 DLLs required for tuning, strobe, and hold time management. Also included are pads, derived from existing Arasan silicon-proven technology, which support the new performance levels at the required voltage levels.

Arasan's eMMC software stack has been upgraded to support the new specification requirements and a new firmware driver designed to support booting from an eMMC 5.0 device. Completing the Total IP Solution is the hardware validation platform. Arasan's ability to ship a working hardware validation platform provides an invaluable head start for software development and interoperability testing.

Arasan's is currently engaging with early adopters for licencing of analogue and digital IP cores, Verilog HDL for verification, software stack and firmware and sales of the hardware validation platform.

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