Arasan Chip Systems Announces Innovative SD 3.0 / eMMC
4.4 Card Controller IP
Support leading Memory Card interfaces with Arasan's SD 3.0 / eMMC 4.4 IP
San Jose, California - December 15, 2009 - Arasan Chip Systems, Inc. ("Arasan"), a
leading provider of Total Intellectual Property (IP) Core Solutions, announced today the
availability of the Worldâ€™s first SD 3.0 / eMMC 4.4 Card Controller IP compliant with
the latest SD Memory v3.0 and Multimedia Card eMMC 4.4 specifications. Arasanâ€™s
Card Controller IP supports transfers up to 104MB/s and incorporates all standard
The IP supports SD 3.0 which specifies cards with a maximum capacity of up to 2TB and
bandwidth that scales up to 104MBps (UHS-I) in this version. This dramatic increase in
capacity and bandwidth will enable consumers to store, download and share higher
resolution multi-media content using the familiar Secure Digital (SD) card form-factor.
Arasanâ€™s IP also supports eMMC 4.4, which incorporates new security features such as
replay protected memory block, programmable card memory partitions as well as the
traditional password, application based security and secure data erase. Memory card
designers can use Arasanâ€™s SD 3. 0 / eMMC 4.4 Card Controller IP to leverage the rapid
advances in NAND Flash technology to bring high performance cards to market. These
cards enable users to enjoy hours of cutting edge HD multi-media content on devices
such as mobile phones, camcorders and portable media players.
Arasanâ€™s SD 3.0 / eMMC 4.4 Card Controller IP can also be used to securely store boot
code. Being able to boot from this memory simplifies system design while securing the
boot code from corruption. With this release, Arasan continues to demonstrate its
commitment to being the first to deliver leading edge SD, eMMC IP cores.
â€œWith the increasing reliance on embedded software for product differentiation, designers
are looking for a scalable solution to securely store, boot their system,â€ said Prakash
Kamath, Vice-President of Engineering at Arasan. â€œArasanâ€™s IP enables card designers to
integrate the highest performance memory controller available in the market today to
provide such a secure storage solution.â€
â€œCompact and dense storage is an essential part of enabling a rich multi-media
experience in consumer electronic devices such as smartphones, mobile internet devices,
netbooks,â€ said Somnath Viswanath, Product Marketing Manager at Arasan. â€œIntegrating
Arasanâ€™s unique SD 3.0 / eMMC 4.4 Card Controller IP enables designers to offer such
storage solutions in a familiar SD / eMMC form-factor.â€
Arasanâ€™s SD 3.0 / eMMC 4.4 Card Controller IP has built-in hardware support for
multiple data protection schemes such as mechanical switch-based, password, temporary
or permanent write protection. The IP natively supports all SD 3.0 / eMMC 4.4
commands. It also incorporates CRC checking to validate transactions on the memory
Arasan provides a â€œTotal IP Solutionâ€ for its SD 3.0 / eMMC 4.4 card controller IP Core
consisting of RTL core source code, synthesis scripts, verification IP, software stacks,
hardware platforms/test environment and documentation all backed by world-class
Arasan - Enabling Technology Adoption Through Total IP Solutions - The Bus Stops Here!
Arasan Chip Systems Inc. (www.arasan.com), based in San Jose, CA, USA, is a worldleading
supplier of SoC Intellectual Property solutions. Arasan delivers technologyleading
Bus IP solutions covering MIPI, SD / SDIO, USB, PCI, Ethernet, MMC, CEATA,
CF+, NAND and more, to the global electronics market. Arasanâ€™s Total Solution
Approach includes RTL IP cores, Verification IP (VIP), Portable Software Drivers /
Stacks, Hardware Development Kits, Validation Platforms, Protocol Analyzers and
Design Services. Arasanâ€™s IP Solutions portfolio enables designers to accelerate their
development and minimize the risks associated with production of complex system-onchip
(SoCs). Arasan provides a competitive advantage through a combination of domain
expertise, silicon proven IP, hardware tools, software stacks and customization services.
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