West Bridge SLIM™ Architecture Brings Out the Most System Flexibility and Best High-Speed USB Experience in Multi-Media Handset Designs | Cypress Semiconductor
West Bridge SLIM™ Architecture Brings Out the Most System Flexibility and Best High-Speed USB Experience in Multi-Media Handset Designs
In the consumer electronics world, multi-media handsets that support music/video playback and have integrated cameras are quickly moving from being classified as high-end to mid-end and even sometimes low-end handsets. It is then extremely important for a multi-media handset to provide a fast external connection for transferring large amounts of media (music, movies, and pictures) content. In addition, as more features are integrated, there is an inevitable need for applications multi-tasking. One challenge that handset architects need to overcome is to be able to design with enough architectural flexibility in order to accommodate new usage models. Cypress Semiconductor introduced the revolutionary West Bridge concept in December 2006. The first device in this family is called West Bridge Antioch, and it is a mass storage peripheral controller for the handset market. It is designed to target mobile applications; therefore, it is not only small in size, but it also consumes very little power. With West Bridge Antioch, mobile handset architects no longer have to fight the trade-off battle between performance and flexibility. Its new SLIM architecture not only brings out the best HSUSB experience with the direct paths between mass storage and PC, but it also enables multi-tasking to support different usage models simultaneously with sustained throughput. To view more on this topic, click the download link above or visit Mobile Handset DesignLine.