Vamshi Krishna, Sr. FAE & IP Solutions Manager, Open-Silicon
EETimes (4/25/2016 00:00 AM EDT)
Follow these four aspects of IP integration to allow first-pass ASIC silicon when using IP from multiple vendors.
Most ASIC companies today rely on third-party IP in building a custom ASIC/SoC. While ensuring convenience in terms of flexibility, schedule, and cost effectiveness, however, this approach can also present challenges. IP companies, although they adhere to common Industry standards, typically follow different IP development processes, apply different quality benchmarks, and provide different deliverables. The fact that each IP block is unique with respect to its function creates even more differentiation. All this variability makes it difficult to assemble an ASIC using IP from multiple sources and achieve first-pass silicon.
It is possible to achieve first-pass silicon, however, by following a careful integration process. Here are four aspects that ASIC design companies have to consider when using IP blocks from different vendors.
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