Serial Bus (USB) is used to connect all sorts of devices and is
the most successful computer standard in history with billions
of units shipped. Current solutions based on USB 2.0, support
transfer rates up to 480 Mb/s but that rate will soon increase
tenfold to 4.8Gb/s with the introduction of USB 3.0 enabled
Over the past
several years, there has been a shift in how consumers access
and use audio/video media content. Wide use of HD Camcorders,
HDTVs, Blue-Ray Disks, and other devices has elevated the need
for high-speed data transfer. The early Super Speed products
will be based on discrete USB 3.0 transceiver/controllers, and
its broad deployment will likely take place by 2010. To bring
the cost-effective solution to market, the USB 3.0 functionality
would have to be integrated into the devices. This provides new
opportunities for producing world-class USB 3.0 IP for SoC/ASIC
integration. Most ASICs / SoCs rely on third party IPs for large
parts of the total chip functionality. The availability of
proven IPs has been pivotal in helping companies keep up with
the new standards.
plans to develop a suite of low power, configurable and high
speed USB 3.0 IP cores including IPs for USB 3.0 host
controller, USB 3.0 device controller and USB 3.0 support
functions to meet the needs of this "poised-to-explode" market.
will research design and verification techniques for developing
high speed IP cores for Speed critical devices and low power
optimization techniques to look for their applicability to the
proposed design. It will develop architecture and the
micro-architectures for the Host and Device controllers and test
plan for verification of controllers.
The key benefits of this project are:
USB is the
most popular standard in the computing world. The Super
Speed USB is expected to be the interface choice for most
high-speed data transfer needs. Most of the semiconductor
and systems companies world-wide will transition their
products to Super Speed USB and could use the proposed IP.
project will produce algorithms/architecture for the USB 3.0
architecture and the micro-architecture developed for this
project will result in development of commercial IP. It will
serve as bases for creating several other products.