MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 30, 2013 -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today announced the availability of the DesignWare® Sensor IP Subsystem, a complete and integrated hardware and software solution for sensor control applications. The new IP subsystem is optimized to process data from digital and analog sensors, offloading the host processor and enabling more efficient processing of the sensor data with ultra-low power. The fully configurable subsystem consists of a DesignWare ARC® EM4 32-bit processor, digital interfaces, analog-to-digital data converters (ADCs), hardware accelerators, a comprehensive software library of DSP functions and software I/O drivers. The DesignWare Sensor IP Subsystem provides designers with a complete and pre-verified solution that meets the requirements of a broad range of applications such as smart sensors, sensor fusion and sensor hub.
Sensors are becoming ubiquitous. Many applications, such as the Internet of Things, automobiles, and mobile devices, increasingly rely on the ability to read and interpret environmental conditions such as pressure, temperature, motion, and proximity. By pre-integrating sensor-specific IP blocks with an efficient processor and software in a single subsystem, Synopsys gives designers a System-on-Chip [SoC]-ready sensor solution that can significantly reduce their design and integration effort, lower design risk and accelerate time-to-market.
"The total number of sensor units is estimated to grow from just under 10 billion in 2012 to nearly 30 billion in 2017," said Tony Massimini, chief of technology at Semico Research. "As more semiconductor suppliers integrate sensor interfaces into their SoCs, the use of sensor IP subsystems such as Synopsys’ DesignWare Sensor IP Subsystem will significantly reduce their integration effort and cost."