Connectivity IP Leader Delivers HDMI IP Solution for 90-nm to 40-nm Process Technologies

Published on August 13, 2009 at 9:22 AM

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, today announced the broad availability of silicon-proven High-Definition Multimedia Interface(TM) (HDMI(TM)) transmitter and receiver digital controllers and PHY IP solutions as part of Synopsys' DesignWare IP portfolio. Synopsys' DesignWare(R) IP for the HDMI interface is compliant to the standard specification and supports High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP). Synopsys also provides a roadmap for HDMI 1.4 with product availability anticipated at the end of 2009. The IP is available in leading process technologies from 90-nm down to 40-nm, and includes sample software drivers for system development. Synopsys' HDMI IP solution is differentiated in terms of feature set, available process nodes and worldwide technical support.

The DesignWare HDMI IP offering includes a comprehensive set of IP deliverables that helps designers quickly embed this complex interface into next generation multimedia SoCs with less risk. Furthermore, the DesignWare HDMI IP solution provides differentiated features including:

  • Superior analog front end to support longer HDMI cables, while maintaining high performance
  • Configurable RTL allow designers to optimize gate count and power consumption by choosing only the features required in their application
  • Built-in (on-die) termination resistors for lower bill-of-materials
  • Numerous optional features as well as a choice of various video and audio interfaces for ease of integration

"HDMI is one of fastest growing multimedia interfaces and is gaining wide-spread acceptance as the standard for communicating between high-performance digital devices," said Paul O'Donovan, principal analyst at Gartner. "Our research indicates exponential growth in the number of HDMI ports for mobile/portable markets such as camcorders and cameras. HDMI IP will play a key role in enabling designers to integrate the HDMI interface in their next-generation systems."

"Valens continues to develop next generation products for the high definition home entertainment market, and we chose Synopsys to provide us with a high-quality, compliant HDMI IP solution that would help us quickly implement the latest functionality into our advanced SoCs," said Massad Eyal, vice president of research and development R&D at Valens Semiconductor. "Synopsys' silicon-proven DesignWare HDMI IP enables us to deliver compelling products to the market faster and with significantly less risk."

"HDMI has emerged as the de-facto multimedia interface standard for high-definition consumer electronics and mobile devices," said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for the Solutions Group. "With Synopsys' extensive customer base, established sales and support infrastructure, and vast porting capabilities, designers can turn to a trusted HDMI IP solution that can be integrated into their SoC with less risk and improved time-to-market."

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