Top SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Verification IP (VIP)

According to Everything USB, “Dubbed SuperSpeed USB, USB 3.0 promises a major leap forward in transfer speeds and capability, while maintaining backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 devices.”

What are the differences with this release of the standard:

  • Higher transfer rates (up to 4.8Gbps)
  • Increased maximum bus power
  • New power management features
  • Full-duplex data transfers
  • Support for new transfer types
  • Backward USB 2.0 compatibility
  • New connectors and cables

So, if you were to design and verify a Superspeed USB 3.0 core on your next chip integration.  Where would you get your IP core, and where would you get your Verification IP (VIP)? After looking around, this is what we found.

VIP SuperSpeed USB
The Cadence SuperSpeed USB Verification IP (VIP) provides a mature, highly capable compliance verification solution for the USB 3.0 Protocol. Used on multiple production designs, the SuperSpeed USB VIP is applicable for IP, SoC, and system-level verification.more
USB 3.0 Verification IP
For the SuperSpeed USB design verification needs, Perfectus announced Genie-SSU Verification-IP, fully compliant to the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 with features that far superior than any other solution available in the market….more
USB 3.0 Verification IP provides an smart way to verify the USB 3.0 component of a SOC or a ASIC. It provides backward compatibility support for earlier versions 1.0 and 2.0 of USB specifications….more
USB 3.0 Verification IP
Truechip’s USB 3.0 Verification IP provides an effective & efficient way to verify the components interfacing with USB 3.0 interface of an ASIC/FPGA or SoC….more
Verification IP for USB 3.0
Supports USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 standards Host, Device and Hub emulation…more
The USB 3.0 nVS is a comprehensive Verification IP solution for pre-silicon functional verification of USB designs. The USB 3.0 nVS builds upon the widely used nVS for PCI Express and the USB 2.0 nVS….more
USB-Xactor Test Environment
Your Solution to Superspeed USB 3.0 Compliance Validation. Complete solution for core through chip-level verification Superspeed USB3.0 and 2.0 OTG…more
USB 3.0 Verification IP
Sibridge Technologies’ USB3.0 Verification IP is the Industry’s most comprehensive protocol validation solution for predictable verification of USB based designs…more

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This post was written by James Colgan on March 26, 2013


Top 10 Interlaken Protocol IP Cores and Verification IP

Interlaken is the name of a very picturesque town in Switzerland (pictured), but it’s also the name of the next communications protocol that will be driving a cloud near you! Maybe the fact that Interlaken, the town, sits between two huge lakes in the Alps is what inspired the name of the protocol. Think of the lakes as huge pools of data that needs to move from one lake to another. You get the idea.

Chip-to-chip bandwidth is one of the major bottlenecks in cloud computing as the amount of data that needs to be moved around increases incessantly. Cisco and Cortina Systems recognized the need in 2006 and announced the protocol.  The two companies joined with Silicon Logic Engineering (now part of Open-Silicon) in 2007, and put out an Interlaken Technology White Paper.

The whitepaper summarizes the protocol, “Interlaken is an interconnect protocol optimized for highbandwidthand reliable packet transfers. It uses bundles of serial links to create a logical connection between components with multiple channels, backpressure capability, and data-integrity protection to boost the performance of communications equipment.”

So, if you were to design and verify an Interlaken core on your next chip integration.  Where would you get your IP core, and where would you get your Verification IP (VIP)? After looking around, this is what we found.

Interlaken Controller IP Core
Open-Silicon’s Interlaken IP is a scalable, high-speed chip-to-chip interface protocol that builds on the channelization and per-channel flow control features of SPI4.2, while reducing the number of chip I/O pins by using high-speed SerDes technology, similar to XAUI…more
Interlaken IP Core
Xilinx Interlaken IP core is based on Sarance Technologies Best-In-Class Intellectual Property
Interlaken is a scalable chip-to-chip interconnect protocol designed to enable transmission speeds from 10Gbps to 150Gbps…more
Altera’s Interlaken intellectual property (IP) continues to scale with today’s demand for more bandwidth and higher performance needs…more
Interlaken Controller IP Core
Flowgic’s Interlaken IP core is an efficient implementation of Interlaken Protocol version 1.2. Interlaken IP core is designed for flexibility, robustness, scalability and is available in 64(10-20 Gb/s), 128(20-40Gb/s), 256(40-80Gb/s) and 384(80-120Gb/s) bit datapath variants…more
Interlaken IP Core
The Interlaken is a high speed, narrow, channelized and highly configurable chip-to-chip interface protocol. It offers programmable burst sizes, per-channel backpressure, source-asynchronous nature and scalability…more
3G to 600G Interlaken ILK and ILA IP Core
Tamba offers industry’s lowest latency, power, and size solution for the Interlaken communication protocol. The Universal Interlaken IP Core can be customized from 1 Gbps to 600 Gbps and targeted to both FPGA and ASIC platforms…more
XCI4FIC 100G Interlaken Fabric Interface Core
The Xelic 100G Interlaken Fabric Interface Core (XCI4FIC) provides the flexible transport of channelized signals for both segment mode and packet mode transmission formats with configurable lane number support. Flow control is provided for both in-band and out-of-band methods with optional automatic and override insertion capability…more
Interlaken VIP
The Interlaken Verification IP is compliant with 1.2 specifications and verifies Interlaken interfaces of designs Interlaken Interface. It can work with SystemVerilog,Vera, SystemC, E and Verilog HDL environment…more
Rockfish Technologies
The Optimized Interlaken Protocol IP block from Rockfish Technology supports all the published extensions and interoperability recommendations from the Interlaken Alliance including…more
Rockfish Technologies
The Vermilion BFM bridges the gap between the user’s testbench and an Interlaken Device Under Test (DUT). Vermilion BFM Egress Interlaken Framing Layer Features…more

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This post was written by James Colgan on March 8, 2013

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Atrenta to Participate in Formal Verification, Energy Efficiency and 3D Sessions at DATE 2013

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Time: 1100 - 1230
Location / Room: Chartreuse

Automatically computing abstractions of large circuits combined with powerful SAT and SMT solvers is key to the success of formal verification techniques. The papers of this session present significant improvements in abstraction techniques and SAT/SMT-based optimizations. SAT- and SMT-abstractions are guided by unsatisfiable cores. Three papers address the issue of reducing the size of interpolants generated during the construction of abstractions. The second paper proposes a new abstraction technique demonstrating a significant improvement in gate-level abstractions.

For more information, go here.

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This post was written by James Colgan on March 6, 2013