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Modular Hi-Fi audio IP offered in 40nm, 55nm processes

Posted: 02 Aug 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Audio IP  Hi-Fi  smart phone  Blu-Ray player 

Synopsys Inc. debuts its low power, compact, modular DesignWare 96dB Hi-Fi audio IP in the 40nm and 55nm process technologies to add to its broad portfolio of high-quality audio IP solutions. The IP is targeted for consumer electronic applications requiring Hi-Fi playback and record capabilities with very low power consumption and small silicon area, such as portable media players, mobile phones, smart phones, CD/DVD/Blu-Ray players/recorders and digital cameras.

Synopsys claims to be the first IP provider to offer audio codecs, digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) and analogue-to-digital converters (ADCs) in these advanced processes. The DesignWare Audio IP portfolio offers performance levels from 80dB to 103dB and is available in more than 20 different process nodes, from 180nm to 60nm, and now down to 40nm.

The DesignWare Audio IP is modular, offering designers the option to select the specific features for their target applications and includes a rich set of functions such as signal processing, signal conditioning, clock management, power management and high-efficiency Class G drivers.

Designed for low power consumption and small silicon area, the DesignWare Audio IP enables designers to quickly implement the required audio functionality into their system-on-chip (SoC) while meeting high performance requirements. By offering audio IP that is designed to be robust in an electronically noisy SoC environment, Synopsys significantly lowers the integration effort of audio IP into embedded designs.

"With more than 10 crore (100 million) chips shipping with DesignWare Audio IP, Synopsys continues to deliver IP solutions that enable designers to quickly incorporate key audio functionality into their SoCs and meet their critical project schedules," said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for the Solutions-Group at Synopsys. "By being first with audio IP for the 40- and 55nm processes and providing silicon-proven IP in more than 20 different process technologies, Synopsys' helps designers achieve the performance, power and area requirements of their feature-rich SoCs and reduce integration risk."

The DesignWare 96dB Hi-Fi Audio IP for TSMC 40nm and 55nm processes is available to early adopters now.

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