Week In Review: Design, Low Power

MIPI C-PHY/D-PHY IP for FinFET processes; I3C v1.1 IP; SM4 crypto IP core.


Synopsys added MIPI C-PHY/D-PHY IP for a range of FinFET processes, adding to its MIPI camera and display IP portfolio. The C-PHY/D-PHY meet functional safety and reliability requirements of automotive ADAS and infotainment applications. It supports low-power state modes and delivers below 1.3pJ/bit at 24 Gb/s. The IP enables 4K and beyond displays and 100-megapixel cameras with support for up to 4.5 Gb/s per lane maximum speed in D-PHY configuration and 3.5 Gb/s per trio in C-PHY configuration.

Silvaco debuted new MIPI I3C v1.1 IP cores. Compliant with the latest specification, the IP supports the use of extra bus lanes to increase the interface speed by 4X to nearly 100 MHz, grouped addressing, enhanced error detection/recovery, secondary reset, comprehensive flow control, outside end transfer and new command, control and communication capabilities.

Silex Insight uncorked a new small size symmetric cryptographic IP core compliant to Chinese National Standard GBT.32907-2016. The SM4-XTS Multi-Booster crypto engine includes a generic & scalable implementation of the SM4 algorithm making it suitable for a range of applications including encrypted disk/data storage and external memory encryption.

Synopsys released the latest version of its Photonic Solutions design portfolio. New updates include a capability to optimize nanoscale and macroscale illumination optics in an integrated environment to meet the requirements of AR/VR devices. The release also includes new solutions to accelerate the design of photonic ICs and photonic systems for aerospace and defense, 5G, and long-haul data networks.

Imagination Technologies added a complete mobile graphics course designed to teach undergraduates how to create graphics for mobile devices to its Imagination University Programme. The 2020 Edition now includes support for OpenGL ES 2.0 and 3.2, and Vulkan, as well as new hardware platforms such as the Chromebook and BeagleBone Black.

Broadcom will be working with Synopsys to expand use of Synopsys’ Fusion Design Platform beyond multiple successful 7nm designs to the creation of 5nm designs.


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