DesignWare IP for Baseband IC Designs


A separated baseband IC or cellular modem allows high-end smartphones and tablets to be customized for the wireless standards in different geographies. For tablet and notebook manufacturers, a separated baseband IC allows the manufacturer to produce a range of products with or without cellular/4G/LTE capability. The baseband IC typically has its own CPU and embedded software, and features a cellular modem that is primarily responsible for voice and data communications. The baseband IC often has its own DDR/LPDDR memory interface, storage interface (SD/eMMC), and a high-speed interface to an applications processor. 

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Baseband IC Designs Diagram

Baseband ICs

High-performance, silicon-proven, low-power IP from Synopsys can help to accelerate design cycles and reduce integration risk for baseband ICs.


Synopsys provides a range of DesignWare IP that helps address design requirements of baseband IC designs including the following:

  • Low latency, low-power DDR/LPDDR memory controllers and PHYs
  • Multi-lane, geared interfaces for MIPI D-PHY and MIPI M-PHY operating up to 5.8 Gbps with very low mw/GHz that provide the physical interface for power-optimized, high-speed inter-chip communication between the baseband IC and the application processor
  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Inter-Chip (SSIC) protocol that use the MIPI M-PHY physical layer for inter-chip communication
  • MIPI DigRF controllers for interfacing to RFICs
  • Analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog data converters interface to analog chips and RFICs
  • Embedded memories and logic libraries enable designers to achieve the maximum performance with the lowest possible power consumption for specific application requirements