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April 04, 2011

Fairchild Semiconductor Integrates Synopsys' DesignWare USB 2.0 nanoPHY IP

Synopsys, a provider of software and IP solutions, announced that Fairchild Semiconductor, a supplier of power and mobile products, achieved first-pass silicon success for its FUSB2500 UTMI+ Low-Pin Interface (ULPI) USB On-The-Go (OTG) transceiver chip utilizing Synopsys' (News - Alert) DesignWare USB 2.0 nanoPHY IP.

Factors such as low power consumption and compact size, technical features like auto-detect functionality and ULPI interface prompted Fairchild chose Synopsys' DesignWare IP. The tunability of the PHY enabled Fairchild to conduct post-silicon adjustments without incurring the cost of a metal respin.

“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,” Johnston added. “Synopsys' DesignWare IP is a high-quality product and will continue to be a key element of our future product developments.”

By selecting Synopsys, Fairchild could integrate the DesignWare USB 2.0 nanoPHY IP within weeks. The semiconductor company received the support of knowledgeable, responsive technical support team. This combination enabled Fairchild to lower integration risk and speed their time-to-market.

“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 (News - Alert), vice president of marketing for the Solutions Group at Synopsys.

Fairchild targets the high-end handset market with the Fairchild FUSB2500 USB 2.0 OTG transceiver chip. With a complex design, the chip is their first 130 nanometer (nm) chip to be integrated by a major manufacturer.

By acquiring USB IP from Synopsys, Fairchild could focus on their product differentiation and meet their 14 month project schedule. Using Synopsys' DesignWare USB 2.0 nanoPHY IP enabled Fairchild to launch their FUSB2500 transceiver chip into the market on schedule.

Recently, Fairchild Semiconductor exhibited more than 20 innovative solutions for energy-efficient electronics applications in areas such as LED lighting, automotive, power supplies and motion control.


Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee
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