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    Covering the latest trends and topics in USB IP.

    Eric started working on USB in 1995, starting with the world’s first BIOS that supported USB Keyboards and Mice while at Award Software. After a departure into embedded systems software for real-time operating systems, he returned to USB IP cores and software at inSilicon, one of the leading suppliers of USB IP. In 2002, inSilicon was acquired by Synopsys and he’s been here since. He also served as Chairman of the USB On-The-Go Working Group for the USB Implementers Forum from 2004-2006.

    Eric received an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and an M.S. in Engineering from University of California Irvine, and a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Minnesota. and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering in the State of California

    Michael (Mick) Posner joined Synopsys in 1994 and is currently Director of Product Marketing for Synopsys' DesignWare USB Solutions. Previously, he was the Director of Product Marketing for Physical (FPGA-based) Prototyping and has held various product marketing, technical marketing manager and application consultant positions at Synopsys. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Brighton, England.

Success with USB 3.0 PHY and Core IP – Sunplus

Posted by Eric Huang on February 27th, 2013

Once and awhile a customer steps forward to tell us “Hey, we really like your IP, let us tell some other people.”  Or in this case, an 3rd Party called TechValidate. SunplusIT integrated our USB 3.0 PHY and Controller into their SoC. They also used our HAPS platforms for prototyping.

What’s interesting (to me and maybe to you) is that Sunplus tells us they feel our Area, Power Consumption, Features/Capabilities, and Performance are Highly Differentiated, compared to other IP providers. You can read the Case Study below.

For those of you that work in the industry, you understand that the PC peripheral market can be a shark infested, “bloodly market” if a company in a highly competitive market can use our IP to help differentiate their product, that seems interesting to me.


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No one sent me snacks this last week. Except for a bag of dried apricots. Which were quite good. The giver said, “Eric, you need more fiber.” I don’t know what that means. Send me an explaination of what you think that means.

Synopsys’ USB PHY IP – Blatant (spelled correctly this time) Marketing Pitch

In addition to great digital USB IP, we have USB PHY IP. Oh yes, you know that because you read the SunplusIT Case Study above

Check out our USB 3.0 PHYs here at our USB Solutions page.


We’ve recorded some fantastic videos to help you learn about USB 3.0 with some technical detail. We think it’s the best stuff you’ll find that will help you get up to speed on the USB 3.0 protocol. If you are a current customer or thinking of buying our core or starting a design, you will need to come here get the links to “USB University”

I’m telling you about this now, but not giving you a date to torture you. It’s like hyping a movie. Except this 7 hour movie will arrive sooner than this summer.

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