Richa Dham and Pushek Madaan, Cypress Semiconductor
EETimes (9/25/2013 09:00 AM EDT)
The market success of a product is governed by multiple factors, including when the product is launched, product quality, cost, feature set, and how well the product implements the given features. In such a competitive scenario, each and every aspect of the design cycle is considered for optimization. Reusing IP for product development has long been considered a promising option to deliver on most of these factors. In this column, we extend the concept of reusable IP to system design.
Intellectual property (IP) is a commonly used term in the semiconductor industry, where it is defined as a logic block used as a building block for a silicon design. Before getting into the details of IP use in system design and its advantages, let's discuss the problems an OEM manufacturer faces during product development. OEM manufacturers always work within an extremely tight schedule, because launching a product ahead of a competitor means additional marketshare. Here are some factors that affect the product development cycle and time to market.
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