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Synopsys – First and Only to Certify 10G USB 3.1 Gen 2 IP and the State of USB – Spring 2016

I’m super excited to announce we certified our 10 Gigabit per second USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller and PHY IP.  (One month ago.) (When Mick blogged about it right here)

It’s exciting for us to be first (again) for USB 3.1 as we have been first with

  • USB 2.0 Host
  • USB 2.0 Device
  • USB 2.0 PHY
  • USB 3.0 Device
  • USB 3.0 xHCI Host
  • USB 3.0 PHY
  • And PHYs in every process node for years.

For our customers, it means LOWER RISK with certified IP.

It’s lower risk because we’ve been working on the IP for 1-2 years with the USB-IF and early adopters before most customers start the designs.   Being first helps our customers get better IP. It lowers their risk so customers can spend time enhancing the rest of their product.

Testing means the USB 3.1 controller and PHY must past tests to

  • Go 10 Gigabits per second
  • Support new USB 3.1 Gen 2 features
  • Interoperate with the USB 3.0 and 2.0 hosts and
  • Interoperate with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Gold tree with USB 3.1 Gen 2, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0), USB 2.0, and USB 1.1 peripherals.

This means our customers have started designing now for products that will ship in mass production in 2018 and 2019.  They’ve started their designs because USB 3.1 Gen 2 is now mainstream in laptops and PCs.

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State of USB – Spring 2016 – USB 3.1 Gen 2 Market Update

The biggest manufacturers of laptops Acer, Dell, and HP ship 10 Gbps USB 3.1 in standard in mainstream PCs.

16 Spring USB 31 Adoption

For Ultra-Thin and portable notebooks, the popular ones people actually buy support 10 Gigabit per second USB 3.1 Gen 2.

The Dell XPS 13 and 15 model has USB 3.1 Gen 2.

The HP Envy has 2 USB-C ports with USB 3.1 Gen 2.  Watch a cool video here. You can clearly see the 2 ports in the video.

The above models use the SkyLake chipset supporting 10 Gbps, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C, DisplayPort 1.3a, and Thunderbolt 3.

Acer has standard models also.   I’m not sure if they use the SkyLake chipset or the ASMedia chip.

So what can you connect these fancy new 10 Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 notebook computers to?

At least 3 new storage devices.

The LaCie portable USB 3.1 Gen 2 SSD.

The SanDisk Disk Extreme 900 which gets, well 900 Megabytes per second (9 Gigabits per second).  You can buy this great drive with up to 1.92 Terabytes of storage.

For smaller, even more portable (and easily lost) flash drives, you can purchase the Kingston HyperX Savage USB 3.1 Flash Drive.

USB 3.1 is more mainstream as USB 3.1 has continued to get cheaper and cheaper.   Expect that once it’s gets fully integrated and the discrete chip cost goes from $3-$6 to integrated for zero dollars, our customers will be shipping in volume great products, ready to be delivered to a market desperate for USB 3.1 products.

Your Elephant Jokes for the week.

Q: How does an astronomer catch an elephant?
A: With a telescope, a matchbox, and a pair of tweezers. Go to the jungle, and when you see an elephant, turn the telescope the wrong way around and look through it. The elephant will now be so small that you can pick it up with the tweezers and put it in the matchbox.

Q: How does a programmer catch an elephant?
A: Fly to Cape Town and head east. When you reach the ocean, go slightly north and head west. Keep repeating this until you see an elephant, then grab it.

Q: How does an experienced programmer catch an elephant?
A: The same way; but before you start, you place an elephant at Gibraltar, so you won’t fall into the Mediterranean if there are no elephants.

Correction from Morten on March 4 16:26: the Elephant should be placed in Tangier or Tunisia

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