Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ:
SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification
and manufacturing, today announced the release of a broad range of data converter
IP solutions for 40-nanometer (nm) process technologies. The IP is targeted
at broadband wireless communications, wired communications, and video designs
requiring high-performance, ultra-low power consumption and very compact area.
With this latest addition, Synopsys' DesignWare® Data Converter IP portfolio
now offers more than 100 data converter IP products comprised of Oversampling
Sigma-Delta, Pipeline, and, SAR analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), Current
Steering digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and General Purpose ADCs and DACs.
By providing a broad portfolio of silicon-proven, high-quality data converter
IP solutions that are backed by technical experts in major geographical regions
worldwide, Synopsys helps designers lower integration risk, speed time-to-market
and achieve first pass silicon success for their system-on-chip (SoC) designs.
"Synopsys is well trusted in the design community for delivering silicon-proven,
advanced data converter IP solutions," said Tommy Aizawa, vice president
of strategic marketing for Kawasaki Microelectronics (K-Micro). "Their
high-quality products, engineering expertise and technical support are critical
to helping us bring highly differentiated products to the market faster and
with less risk. This enables our customers to deliver high performance network
devices with unique features that are specifically targeted for home networking
and access devices. Our established relationship with Synopsys through the years
has enabled us to have access to a strong roadmap that we can rely on for future
The DesignWare Data Converter IP solutions meet the needs of a broad range of
- For broadband wireless communications, wired communications and video applications
requiring high dynamic range and low power, the DesignWare Dual Pipeline ADCs
and DACs support 12-bit resolution and offer up to 200 MSPS sampling rate.
- For cellular communication applications requiring support for multiple
generation protocols from 2G up to LTE, the DesignWare Dual Sigma-Delta ADCs
support 12-bit resolution with the ability to process narrow and broadband
channels in a power-efficient method.
- For video applications processing common high-definition TV, standard-definition
TV or graphics video formats, the DesignWare Video DACs support up to 12-bit
resolution and offer up to 300 MSPS sampling rate.
- For general purpose measurement applications requiring low sampling rates,
the DesignWare SAR ADCs and DACs support up to 12-bit resolution and Sigma-Delta
ADCs support up to 14-bit high resolution.
These full-featured data converters internally generate the required references
and include additional features such as a highly flexible analog interface which
simplifies the connection with RF and other transceivers, eliminating the need
for external components. These elements help designers reduce silicon costs
and significantly simplify the integration of the IP into an SoC.
"With more than 12 years of delivering analog IP for a broad range of applications,
Synopsys continues to invest significantly in providing products that not only
support the latest technologies but are also unmatched in performance, power
dissipation and area," said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for
the Solutions Group at Synopsys." By offering DesignWare Data Converter
IP solutions that are silicon-proven in a wide range of customer designs across
a variety of process technologies, Synopsys enables designers to easily embed
the analog IP into their SoCs with less risk and quickly deliver differentiated
products to the market."