Despite years of progress in both business models and technology, semiconductor intellectual property (IP) is still risky, costly, and difficult to integrate. Can the IP ecosystem relieve the pain while providing more complete hardware/software solutions? Four industry experts shared their opinions at a lively panel discussion at the Semico Impact conference Nov. 6, 2013.
The panel was titled "IP Ecosystem Solutions for Complex Systems." The moderator was Mahesh Tirupattur, executive vice president at Analog Bits. Panelists were as follows, shown left to right in the photo below:
- Chris Rowen, fellow, Cadence (and founder and former CEO of Tensilica)
- Jason Polychronopoulos, product manager for verification IP, Mentor Graphics
- Warren Savage, president and CEO, IPextreme
- Dan Kochpatcharin, deputy director of IP portfolio management, TSMC
"The premise of this panel is to talk about the high cost and risk of integrating IP," said Tirupattur in his introduction to the panel. "There is a massive chance of failure if you choose the wrong IP, the wrong supplier, the wrong fab, or the wrong process. One missing link breaks the whole chain." While every IP provider claims that their IP is pre-verified, "at the end of the day, integration is still a nightmare," Tirupattur said.
With the tone set, the panelists responded with gusto.
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