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April 13, 2009

Arasan Chip Systems launches MIPI UniPro Controller IP systems

Provides connectivity between applications processors and wireless, multimedia and mobile chipsets

By CBR Staff Writer

Arasan Chip Systems, a provider of mobile IP systems, has launched Mobile Industry Processor Interface UniPro Controller IP, reported to be a layered, high-speed protocol that provides connectivity between applications processors and wireless, multimedia and mobile chipsets.

According to the company, it continues to strengthen its strategic mobile initiative by expanding its Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) IP portfolio with the UniPro IP.

Arasan said that its UniPro Controller IP is compliant with Specification version 1.1 and interfaces to the MIPI D-PHY. By adopting the layered open systems interconnection network model, UniPro reportedly has sufficient flexibility to handle diverse inter-chip communication requirements of chipsets connected to the applications processor.

The company also said that the UniPro IP supports up to four lanes with each lane capable of data transfer of 1Gbps. Coupled with Arasan’s MIPI D-Phy system, SoC designers have a risk-free, silicon proven, integrated UniPro system allowing them to focus on differentiating features in their product.

Arasan added that UniPro IP supports two traffic classes and end-to-end flow control, providing system designers with an efficient, low overhead protocol for communication. Mobile chipset designers developing multimedia accelerators, wireless, global positioning system, mobile TV and other functionality can target a wider range of mobile platforms by integrating Arasan’s UniPro system, according to the company.

Kevin Yee, vice president of marketing and business development at Arasan, said: With increasing consumer driven demand for functionality to be integrated into mobile phones, system designers are seeking solutions to build modular platforms to incorporate these advanced features. With Arasan’s UniPro solution, customers can quickly bring to market a portfolio of modular, feature-rich products that deliver a superior end-user experience.

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