Industry's first complete USB4 IP tapes out on 5nm

June 05, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Synopsys tapes out industry's first complete USB4 IP on 5nm
Synopsys has taped out 5nm test chips of the industry’s first USB4 IP, adding power delivery to data rates of 40Gbit/s, twice that of USB3.2.

The DesignWare USB4 IP consists of controllers, routers, PHYs and verification IP and is backwards compatible with USB 3.x and USB 2.0 systems. The IP supports multiple high-speed interface protocols, including USB4, DisplayPort 1.4a TX, PCI Express, and Thunderbolt 3 for efficient data transfer and simultaneous delivery of data, power and high-resolution video through a single USB Type-C cable.

The tapeout of the IP in a 5nm FinFET process shows the robustness across process, voltage, and temperature variations for integration into system-con-chip (SoC) designs for a broad range of storage, PC, and tablet applications.

The USB4 Router IP enables efficient connectivity between all supported protocols and are pre-verified with the USB4 Controller IP for millions of simulated CPU hours to help ensure long-term performance and interoperability.

The USB4 PHY IP offers a highly efficient power profile while supporting all required protocols in approximately one-third the area of independent PHYs says Synopys. The Verification IP Solution includes built-in coverage, protocol checkers, Verdi protocol-aware debug technology for Host and Device router topologies, and a comprehensive source code test suite for USB, PCI Express, and DisplayPort tunneled protocols to accelerate verification closure.

"As an active member of the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) for more than 20 years, Synopsys has helped to advance USB specifications while developing IP products that ease the integration and adoption of the latest USB technologies," said Jeff Ravencraft, president and COO of USB-IF.

"Initial USB4 products are expected to appear in late 2020 and the early availability of integration-ready USB4 IP is critical to helping designers incorporate the USB4 interface into their SoCs. Synopsys continues to support the industry by helping designers ensure interoperability and connectivity with billions of USB-enabled devices worldwide."

"Synopsys has been at the forefront of providing high-quality, complete IP solutions through every generation of widely used interface standards such as USB," said John Koeter, senior vice president of marketing and


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