Synopsys demonstrates SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps IP data transfer

December 11, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Demonstrated 10 Gbps USB 3.1 Host-Device data transfers at over 900 MBps enables increased performance for storage devices and PCs; the demo used backward-compatible USB 3.0 connectors, cables and software drivers. Data transfer speeds of more than 900 MBps were validated by the Ellisys Protocol Analyzer, the industry's first USB 3.1 protocol analyser.

Synopsys has published details of a demonstration of the first SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1) platform-to-platform Host-Device IP data transfer. As measured by the Ellisys USB Explorer Protocol Analyzer, the IP realised 10 Gbps USB 3.1 effective data rates of more than 900 MBps between two Synopsys HAPS-70 FPGA-based prototyping systems while using backward-compatible USB connectors, cables and software. Developed to deliver more than double the data throughput of SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) for consumer mobile and external storage device chipsets, the SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1) specification from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) defines a more efficient data encoding scheme that increases I/O power efficiency.

"With this technology demonstration, Synopsys proves the viability of the SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1) specification, which employs advances in data encoding to more than double USB 3.0 data throughput," said Jeff Ravencraft, President and COO of USB-IF. "IP providers like Synopsys are pushing USB performance ever higher, and will accelerate the development and deployment of SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1)."



Video of the demonstration here.