Mohit Gupta (Open-Silicon) and Bernd Stamme (Kilopass)
3/26/2012 10:42 AM EDT
Todays complex ASICs often leverage open-market IP to take advantage of reuse of standard functional blocks, and thereby improve time to market and development efficiency. However, the integration of that third-party IP, if done poorly, can lead to painful cost overruns and schedule delays. To ensure proper IP core integration, Open-Silicon has developed a detailed and comprehensive process involving close collaboration with IP partners and the SoC design team. This article will illustrate this process by showing how Open-Silicon and Kilopass worked together on a recent project to ensure success.
At the highest level, Open-Silicon employs a four-step process to ensure that the IP included in its design will achieve first-time silicon success. These steps include IP selection, IP procurement, IP qualification and IP integration. Each of these steps is detailed below.
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