Synopsys adds data converter IP solutions

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 27 November 2009, 05:23 Hrs   |    1 Comments
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Paris: Electronic design automation (EDA) firm Synopsys has expanded its DesignWare Converter IP portfolio for 40 nanometer (nm) process technologies.

Synopsys said that its DesignWare Data Converter IP portfolio has more than 100 data converter IP solutions comprised of analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and digital-to-analog converters (DACs) supporting Oversampling, Pipeline, Sigma-Delta, Successive-Approximation-Register (SAR) and Current Steering architectures.

Synopsys specified that the DesignWare Dual Pipeline ADCs and DACs support 12-bit resolution and offer up to 200 MSPS (million samples per second) sampling rate. They are aimed at broadband wireless communications, wired communications and video applications requiring high dynamic range and low power, reports EE Times.

The DesignWare Dual Sigma-Delta ADCs, the company continued, support 12-bit resolution with the ability to process narrow and broadband channels in a power-efficient method. They target cellular communication applications requiring support for multiple generation protocols from 2G up to Long Term Evolution (LTE). 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, Synopsys claimed.

And, 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. Synopsys said that it expects the DesignWare Sigma-Delta ADCs, Current Steering DACs, Video DACs and General Purpose ADCs and DACs in the 40nm process to be available in the first quarter of 2010. The DesignWare Data Converter IP solutions are currently available in leading foundries and advanced technology processes from 180nm to 65nm, the company specified.

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