Quality, easy integration are on IP 'must have' list
Ron Wilson, EE Times(12/12/2005 9:00 AM EST)
Increasing cost and complexity in semiconductor intellectual property has forced system-on-chip (SoC) manufacturers to examine the make-vs.-buy trade-off with renewed interest. However, while those trends have mitigated some of the risks associated with new IP development, new challenges have crept up. The challenge going forward is one of IP selection by teams with partial or nonexistent expertise in the IP cores being considered.
Some of the key areas where we see IP selection trends evolving over the next two to three years are in IP quality evaluation, ease of IP integration, performance validation, signaling of vendor maturity and the ability to easily reconfigure IP. Our predictions for the future in these areas are presented below.
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