To USB or Not to USB


USB Software Alliance

We launched our USB Software Alliance program last week with our participants, Emsys, Jungo, MCCI, and MicroDigital.

Although we provide reference drivers and programming guides for our USB Cores (and other cores too), many of our customer outsource their software drivers to other companies. Projects differ.  A cell phone, digital camera, or a set top box require different USB drivers for different functions. Operating systems vary.  You might need drivers that go inside the device (peripheral) or on the PC or both.

These companies have all developed drivers and stacks that run on the Synopsys USB Cores.  Some provide Software Development Kits and some provide full services including customization, testing, and on-site support.

Take a look at our USB Software Alliance announcement then take a look at our Alliance members.


Fastest SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Performance in the West

I should have titled my last entry “Fastest SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Performance in the West” or something like that, but,  “No,” I titled it a ridiculously long title that no one would ever click on.   It was the fastest performance I’ve seen, so hopefully it’s the fastest you’ve seen now.  Look below or search the archives for “USB Video” to see the video.


34 days without an iPod Touch

I’ve been using my wife’s iPod Touch (in a Pink Case) to get me through the next few weeks.  Entire websites are devoted to the next generation of iPod, and this just amazes me.  If it really has a camera and video conferencing, I’ll buy a second one to give to my mom, so she can video conference with my kids.

Elderly iPad Users

My dad, who’s not elderly in my opinion, pre-ordered an iPad.  This BusinessWeek article confirms what I’ve already seen.


  1. Have Money
  2. Like the Intuitive Interface
  3. Have Free time and curiosity
  4. Like to stay connected to others
  5. Have Money

Basically, the intuitive interface, and range of applications, like games that stave off dementia, make it either a great gift item, or a great tech toy.


We will demonstrating our IP and USB IP including:

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PHY
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 xHCI Host
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Device
  • Synopsys HAPS FPGA prototyping platforms
  • PCI Express 3.0 (Gen 3) Solution
  • SATA Solution

Register now for IDF and find us on the exhibit floor


USB 3.0 and new standards

I’ve written before that USB 2.0 basically doesn’t cut it for some consumer applications, this will really make some consumers really, really happy.

Watch this space Thursday for a new standards proposal that will use USB 3.0 create, story, carry, and transfer videos, music, pictures and more. I’m not kidding.

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