Breaking The Three Laws


Validating USB Type-C using Physical Prototyping

USB Type-C Connector

This week Synopsys Introduced the DesignWare USB 3.1 Type-C IP with DisplayPort 1.3 and HDCP 2.2 for High-Bandwidth Data Transfer with Content Protection. USB has been continually evolving and USB Type-C is the one cable to connect them all. The USB Type-C is already gaining widespread acceptance and is becoming the most rapidly adopted USB standard in history. The need to rapidly adopt a new standard comes with challenges for the design engineers, verification team and the software developers.

Synopsys has solved the challenges for these three groups. The DesignWare IP solution is fully validated and ready to integrate into your design. The digital controller is validated against the analog PHY portion significantly reducing integration risk. Engineers can reduce the time and effort of integrating the IP into SoCs utilizing the DesignWare USB-C 3.1/DisplayPort 1.3 IP subsystems, IP prototyping kits and IP software development kits supported as part of the IP Accelerated initiative. Design engineers, verification engineers and software developers challenges solved!

Physical Prototyping with HAPS and HAPS ProtoCompiler plays a key part in this validation. The HAPS solution is used as the hardware verification platform of choice for the DesignWare IP development team. The HAPS systems are used as the operation platform as part of USB certification. Below you can see the HAPS-DX IP development platform being used as part of USB Type-C certification.

DesignWare USB Type-C compliance testing on HAPS-DX

Below is a close up of the USB Type-C connector.

HAPS USB Type-C daughter board

This highlights one of the key benefits of the HAPS systems, they are highly flexible, modular and can be rapidly adapted using daughter boards to support the latest and greatest interface needs.

Want to know more about USB Type-C? Just pop over to the “To USB or not to USB” blog. Have a look at the right hand side of the page, you might find something that surprises you.

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