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Industry’s first verification IP for USB4 announced by Cadence

Cadence Design Systems announced the availability of the industry’s first Verification IP (VIP) in support of the recently announced USB4 standard..

The Cadence VIP for USB4 will enable engineers to develop standard-compliant system-on-chip (SoC) design and to complete functional verification of the design with less effort and greater confidence that the SoC will work as intended..

“Cadence is an active member of the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and supports the expansion of the USB ecosystem by providing the VIP and tools for developers to design to the newest USB standards,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO, “Support from member companies like Cadence helps reduce the barriers to adoption of new USB protocols and enables innovative products from new industries to enter the market.”

The USB Promoter Group's pending release of the USB4 specification is based on Intel’s Thunderbolt protocol. This enhances the transfer of both video and data, while doubling total available throughput to 40Gbps.

Cadence has developed the new USB4 VIP based on more than a year of collaborative work with early adopters of this new specification which has resulted in the availability of a proven and mature verification IP that reduces design risks and shortens the implementation of the new standard. In addition, the VIP for USB4 includes TripleCheck technology, which provides users with a verification plan that is linked to the specification and a comprehensive test suite to ensure compliance with the USB4 specification.

“Cadence has supported the development of the new USB4 standard through our participation in the standards committee, and our work with early adopters enabled us to provide a solid and comprehensive verification solution for this emerging protocol,” said Paul Cunningham, corporate vice president and general manager of the System & Verification Group at Cadence. “We’re enabling early adopters to ensure their advanced designs for mobile, consumer and display applications comply with the specification while achieving IP verification closure.”

“Cadence’s development of verification solutions for USB4 is a key step forward for the development of compliant designs and ensuring the continued growth of the Thunderbolt ecosystem based on USB open standards,” said Jason Ziller, General Manager of Client Connectivity Division at Intel.

Cadence VIP for USB4 is part of the Cadence Verification Suite and supports the company’s System Design Enablement strategy, which enables system and semiconductor companies to create complete, differentiated end products more efficiently.

The Suite is comprised of core engines, verification fabric technologies and solutions that increase design quality across a wide variety of applications and vertical segments, providing the best verification throughput.

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Neil Tyler

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