Synopsys DesignWare SATA IP Enables First-Pass Silicon Success for Global Unichip Corporation

High-Quality DesignWare IP Helps Deliver New Low Power, High-Performance GP5080 Solid State Drive SoC for Storage Applications

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Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, today announced that Global Unichip Corporation (GUC) has achieved firstpass silicon success for its GP5080 Solid State Drive (SSD) systemonchip (SoC) utilizing the complete SynopsysDesignWare® SATA IP solution, consisting of controller, PHY and verification IP. GUC, a leading fullservice SoC design foundry, determined that Synopsys' DesignWare SATA IPwas superior in quality, power consumption, performance and feature set. SATA interoperability was a key requirement for GUC, and Synopsys was the only provider to offer an integrated solution consisting of a controller and PHY IP that has passed the SATA International Organization (SATA-IO) Building Block interoperability testing, an independent demonstration of full SATA functionality. By integrating Synopsys' DesignWare SATA IP solution into GUC's SSD SoC Platform, GUC was able to focus their internal expertise on delivering their SSD SoC platform within an aggressive sixmonth development timetomarket window.

With the mobile mass storage market transitioning from the conventional Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to the SSD, GUC set out to develop an SSD SoC solution that would meet the highperformance and lowpower requirements of mobile applications such as netbooks, mobile internet devices (MIDs) and highspeed pen drives. Its flagship, GP5080 SoC platform,provides designers with a solution that requires significantly less power than competitive products and provides high data system throughput of more than 120 MB/s in sequential read and over 80 MB/s in sequential write with 4channel NAND Flash access.

"Low system power consumption is a key requirement for us. Synopsys' DesignWare SATA IP solution is 50 percent lower in power and 30 percent lower in area compared to competitive solutions," said Michael Chang, vice president of the R&D Division at Global Unichip Corporation. "With very aggressive timetomarket windows, GUC relies on Synopsys' highquality, siliconproven SATA IP solution which helps us achieve the firstpass success and meet our project schedule. Synopsys' DesignWare IP is definitely a brand we can trust."

"As leading companies such as GUC continue to create innovative products, it's crucial they have access to highquality IP that enables them to reduce integration risk and focus internal resources on their core competencies," said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for the Solutions Group at Synopsys. "Synopsys provides our customers with highquality interoperable IP solutions that will help semiconductor companies meet their design goals and deliver differentiated products to the market faster."

The DesignWare SATA IP offering consists of host and device digital cores, as well as PHYs for major foundries from 130nm to 40nm and verification IP that are compliant to SATA (including eSATA) 2.6/3.0 and AHCI specifications. The comprehensive SATA IP solution supports 1.5 Gb/sec, 3 Gb/sec and 6 Gb/sec transfer speeds. Synopsys helps reduce integration risk by providing SATA IP solutions that are siliconproven and shipping in volume production in multiple designs.

About DesignWare IP

Synopsys is a leading provider of highquality, siliconproven interface and analog IP solutions for systemonchip designs. Synopsys' broad IP portfolio delivers complete connectivity IP solutions consisting of controllers, PHY and verification IP for widely used protocols such as USB, PCI Express, DDR, SATA, Ethernet, HDMI and MIPI IP including 3G DigRF, 4G DigRF, CSI-2 and D-PHY. The analog IP family includes Analogto-Digital Converters (ADCs), Digitalto-Analog Converters (DACs), Audio Codecs, Video Analog Front Ends (AFEs), Touch Screen Controllers and more. In addition, Synopsys offers SystemC transactionlevel models to build virtual platforms for rapid, presilicon development of software. With a robust IP development methodology, extensive investment in quality and comprehensive technical support, Synopsys enables designers to accelerate timetomarket and reduce integration risk. For more information on DesignWare IP, visit: Follow us on Twitter at

About GUC

Global Unichip Corp. (GUC), a dedicated fullservice Fabless ASIC provider based in Taiwan, was founded in 1998. GUC is now publicly traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under the symbol 3443 with annual sales close to US$ 300M in 2009. GUC provides total solutions from siliconproven IPs to complex timetomarket SoC turnkey services. GUC is committed to providing the most advanced and the best priceperformance silicon solutions through close partnership with TSMC, GUC's major shareholder, and other key packaging and testing power houses. With state of the art EDA tools, advanced methodologies, and experienced technical team, GUC ensures the highest quality and lowest risks to achieve first silicon success. GUC has established a global customer base throughout Greater China, Japan, Korea, North America, and Europe. Its trackrecord in complex SoC designs has brought benefits to customers in time to revenue at the lowest risk.

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