Sonics Inc., a supplier of system-on-chip SMART Interconnect solutions,
announced SonicsWM, a family of integrated SMART Interconnect solutions ideally
suited for SoC designs that incorporate WiMax. SonicsWM enables customers to
leverage a configurable platform to meet the rapidly-changing requirements of
the WiMax market while reducing SoC development costs and improving
time-to-market. Resulting SoCs offer numerous advantages including higher
performance, lower power, IP re-use and simplified software architecture.
This unified interconnect platform targeted at WiMax applications provides
SoC developers the ability to guarantee data flow behavior for critical
components like the MAC, PHY and memory. Sonics’ multi-threaded, non-blocking
architecture delivers predictable low-latency data flow that improves overall
system performance. Advanced data flow services, including quality of service,
enables software developers to easily manage complex real-time data burst
traffic. This is especially true when SoCs combine WiMax with other
technologies such as WLAN or Cellular.
Utilizing Sonics’ industry-leading SonicsMX and Sonics3220 interconnects,
SonicsWM provides configurable interconnect solutions for WiMax. Sonics will
offer three products as part of the SonicsWM family: SonicsWMsp, a streamlined
SMART Interconnect solution designed for support of low-cost single function
applications such as a WiMax handset; SonicsWMmp, which enables seamless plug
and play integration of multiple IP cores such as WiFi and WiMax MACs; and
SonicsWMturbo, which supports full integration of multiple protocol MACs along
with the application processor. The SonicsWMturbo solution allows maximum
configurability and supports applications requiring the highest performance
like video over WiMax.
Managing the data flow also has the benefit of overall system power
reduction. Optimizing processor and memory access efficiency allows the
processors to spend less time waiting for data, allowing more time in a
low-power state. In addition, SonicsWM is power-efficient, consuming only
mirowatts when in an idle state.