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Fairchild Semiconductor achieves first-pass silicon success with DesignWare USB 2.0 nanoPHY IP
Article Type: New products From: Microelectronics International, Volume 28, Issue 3
Synopsys, Inc. have announced that Fairchild Semiconductor (Fairchild) has achieved first-pass silicon success for its FUSB2500 UTMI+ low-pin interface (ULPI) USB on-the-go (OTG) transceiver chip utilising Synopsys’ DesignWare(r) USB 2.0 nanoPHY IP. Fairchild selected Synopsys’ silicon-proven DesignWare IP because it was low in power and area and offered impressive technical features, including auto-detect functionality and ULPI interface. In addition, the tunability of the PHY enabled Fairchild to easily conduct post-silicon adjustments without incurring the cost of a metal respin. Fairchild was able to easily integrate the DesignWare USB 2.0 nanoPHY IP within weeks and had convenient access to a knowledgeable, responsive technical support team. This combination enabled Fairchild to lower integration risk and speed their time-to-market.
Targeting the high-end handset market, the Fairchild FUSB2500 USB 2.0 OTG transceiver chip was an extremely complex design that would be their first 130-nm chip to be integrated by a major manufacturer. Fairchild acquired USB IP from Synopsys, an established IP provider, to allow them to focus on their product differentiation and meet their critical 14-month project schedule. Using Synopsys’ DesignWare USB 2.0 nanoPHY IP enabled Fairchild to successfully launch their leading FUSB2500 transceiver chip into the market on schedule.
“With a tight development schedule and complex design requirements, we wanted to partner with a trusted and established IP vendor such as Synopsys,” said Jerry Johnston, Senior Director of Switch and Interface at Fairchild. “The Synopsys’ DesignWare USB 2.0 nanoPHY IP offered us a solution that would incorporate all of our design needs and meet our time-to-market window. Synopsys’ DesignWare IP is a high-quality product and will continue to be a key element of our future product developments.”
“As companies such as Fairchild develop differentiated products that help their customers maintain a competitive edge, they can rely on Synopsys to help provide them with the necessary IP to meet their critical time-to-market window,” said John Koeter, Vice President of Marketing for the Solutions Group at Synopsys. “As a leading provider of USB IP, with over 2,000 design wins and hundreds of thousands of units shipping in volume, Synopsys invests heavily in developing high-quality DesignWare USB IP that delivers key functionality to address our customer’s design requirements and reduce integration risk.”