The rapid consolidation of the IP business is raising big questions about who will be left, whether new companies will join, and what it means for chipmakers looking to buy IP.
In a period of one month Synopsys bought Virage Logic, which had just finished a buying spree of its own with the acquisitions of ARC and the IP business of NXP, and Cadence bought Denali. So what exactly does this mean for chipmakers? There are fundamental questions that need to be answered to fully understand this market.
- Why do companies choose one vendor’s IP over another?
- Is consolidation good or bad for IP customers?
- Is integration easier when large EDA companies or IP vendors control more of the pieces?
- Will the role of EDA companies change when it comes to IP?
- How will IP change in the future?
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