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    by Published on 04-04-2014 08:00 AM
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    … in 2019. At that time, the total Interface IP market is expected to weight between $900 million and $1 billion. If we want to understand this IP market segment dynamics, we have to look at protocol based products like USB (from USB 1.0 defined in 1996 at 12 Mbit/s to USB 3.1 supporting 10 Gbps data rate) or PCI Express (from PCIe gen-1 defined in 2003 at 2.5 Gbps to the soon to be released PCIe gen-4 at 16 Gbps). Each of these segments represents a close to $100 million market today. MIPI adoption ...
    by Published on 02-20-2014 07:58 AM
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    We are not talking about ARM Ltd., as the IP vendor has already passed the $1B sales in 2013. In fact, we are not talking about a single IP vendor; this $1B mark will be passed by two IP market segments: Interface and Verification IP. In fact these two segments are very close together. When an IP is developed to support a specific Interface protocol standard, a related Verification IP (VIP) is needed at the same time. This VIP is firstly used by be design team in charge of the related IP development, to verify the IP compliance in respect with the specific protocol. And, by the way, we understand why the VIP has to be designed by a different team, not necessarily from ...
    by Published on 01-15-2014 09:00 AM
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    At the beginning of December in Paris I had the opportunity to make a presentation to a very impressive audience, technical gurus from companies contributing to MIPI Alliance specification were here, including ST-Microelectronics, Intel, Qualcomm, TI, Toshiba, Nokia, Samsung, to name a few.


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    by Published on 11-26-2013 07:27 AM
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    The reader will find many updates in the “Interface IP Survey” from IPNEST, released in October 2013. Good question, as the IP market is a very fast moving one and the protocol based Interface IP, is moving even faster... exhibiting 20% growth rate in 2012, expected to grow with 10% CAGR between 2012 and 2017 to reach $700M.

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    by Published on 11-19-2013 09:57 AM
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    How to best forecast a specific protocol adoption? One option is to look at the various IP sales, it will give you a good idea of the number of SoC or IC offering this feature on the market in the next 12 months. Once again, if you wait for the IP sale to have reached a maximum, it will be too late, so you have to monitor the IP sales dynamic when the sale volume is still in the low range to make an efficient analysis, which can help you taking the right decision just a little bit in advance in respect with your competitor – to benefit from a Time-To-Market advantage. That’s why we will mention the clear winners, demonstrating high market penetration (and becoming “de facto” standard in certain market segments), and also put the focus on ...
    by Published on 07-25-2013 02:37 AM
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    For those taking a quick look at the various MIPI Interface specification, the first reaction is to realize that they will have to look at MIPI more closely, and that it will take them longer than expected to make sure they really understand the various specifications! Let’s start with the PHY. One specification defines the D-PHY, up to 1 Gbps (1.5 Gbps is also defined, but not really used), ...
    by Published on 04-18-2013 08:20 AM
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    Smartphone and Media tablet markets are exploding, generating huge level of profit for the Apple, Samsung or Qualcomm, and we don’t see yet when the growth will stop. That’s a point. But is it a reason for analyst to write down everything that springs to mind, including obvious insanity? Let’s have a look at the diagram below, and try to figure out if it makes any sense…



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    by Published on 04-03-2013 08:34 AM
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    If you ask to IP vendors selling functions, PHY or Controller, supporting Interface based protocols which part is the master piece, the controller IP only vendors will answer: certainly my digital block, look how complex it has to be to support the transport and logical part of the protocol! Just think about the PCI Express gen-3 specification, counting over 1000 pages... Obviously, the PHY IP vendor will claim to procure the essential piece: if the PHY does not work 100% according ...
    by Published on 01-08-2013 03:25 AM
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    Who makes the decision and declare that a specific interface protocol is successful? Not me, as I can only consolidate market share data and some insight information coming from the industry. The end user, when going to a shop (real or virtual) and spend a significant part of his budget to buy an electronic product, selecting among hundreds, will eventually decide for the success of a certain feature (SuperSpeed USB, HDMI or ThunderBolt). But, if you wait for the success of this feature on the mainstream market to integrate it into your system (OEM), your SoC (chip maker) or your IP portfolio (EDA/IP vendor), then you are respectively 12/18 months, 2 years or more late…
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    by Published on 09-19-2012 08:54 AM
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    We have recently commented the announcement from MIPI Alliance and PCI-SIG, allowing PCI Express to be used in martphone, Media tablet and Ultrabook, while keeping decent power consumption, compatible with these mobile devices. The secret sauce is in the High Speed SerDes function selected to interface with these high data bandwidth protocol controller, like SuperSpeed USB Inter Chip (SSIC) from USB-IF, Universal Flash Storage from JEDEC and PCIe from PCI-SIG. The second PHY defined by MIPI ...

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