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Arasan unveils USB 3.0 SSIC adapter IP

Posted: 14 Jun 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Arasan Chip Systems  SSIC adapter IP  USB 3.0  MIPI M-PHY RMMI  Superspeed Inter-Chip 

Arasan Chip Systems Inc. has introduced its SSIC adapter IP that supports the USB 3.0 specification for USB Superspeed Inter-Chip (SSIC). According to the company, the SSIC IP delivers low power, and high speed chip to chip interconnect that leverages existing investments in USB software and system investments.

High performance and reduced power promised by the controller are achieved by using the MIPI M-PHY as the physical layer interface. The MIPI M-PHY power management enables the SSIC interface to lower the active power and idle power, noted the firm. Likewise, the SSIC adapter layer IP is optimized for power, area and EMI robustness for embedded inter-chip interfaces, added Arasan.

The SSIC controller is a PHY adapter layer that provides a bridge between a USB 3.0 host, device or OTG controllers’ PIPE interface and the MIPI M-PHY RMMI interface. The Arasan USB 3.0 SSIC controller interfaces directly to Arasan’s MIPI M-PHY IP to implement the SSIC adaptation to the USB 3.0 PIPE interface.

The Arasan USB 3.0 SSIC controller is compliant with the “Super Speed Inter-Chip” supplement to the USB revision 3.0 specification, version 1.0 and the MIPI M-PHY specification revision 3.0-r.03 and provides an effective data rate of up to 5Gb/s per lane over 1 to 4 lanes of M-PHY. The Arasan USB 3.0 SSIC controller interfaces to the USB 3.0 device or host controller with PIPE3 interface at 8/16/32bit data width.

The Arasan SSIC controller is available and is licensed as RTL or as GDSII when delivered with Arasan’s Type 1 M-PHY. The deliverables include verification IP and world-wide support.

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