Claims to accelerate development of LTE and WiMAX SoCs
Synopsys, a provider of software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, has released DesignWare MIPI 4G DigRF Master Controller IP, which is compliant to the recently ratified MIPI DigRF v4 1.00 specification and enables designers to implement the new standard.
The company said that it is also developing the DesignWare M-PHY(SM), the physical layer for the MIPI DigRF v4 interface, in parallel with the ratification of the specification. This offering enables designers to lower the risk and cost of integrating the DigRF interfaces into baseband ICs (BBICs) and application processors, while speeding time-to-market of advanced LTE and Mobile WiMAX system-on-chips (SoCs).
Synopsys said MIPI Alliance’s DigRF v4 defines the interface between RF transceiver ICs (RFIC) and BBICs and addresses the increased data throughput requirements for mobile terminals targeting 4G standard air interfaces such as LTE and mWiMAX. It also supports existing 3GPP standards such as 2.5G and 3.5G.
The DesignWare 4G DigRF Master Controller implements the features defined for the protocol and PHY adaptation layers of the DigRF v4 rev 1.00 specification. It has also verified interoperability with RFIC devices currently available on the market. Configurability of the IP RTL provides flexibility for system-specific implementations, while protocol-specific attributes are software programmable.
John Koeter, vice president of marketing for the solutions group at Synopsys, said: “MIPI standards such as DigRF are instrumental to improving interoperability and accelerating development of mobile devices.
“This latest addition to the DesignWare MIPI portfolio, now consisting of DigRF v3 and v4, CSI-2 and D-PHY IP, enables designers to turn to a single, trusted vendor for high-quality solutions that help them bring MIPI-based products to the market faster and with less risk.