Many of you may have heard the story about the woodcutter and his blunt axe. The “Switching cost” of sharpening/buying a new axe may seem to be too high when in a time crunch. But a step back to review the situation and switching to a better tool can be life changing!
In today’s world this applies to chip design and verification teams more than ever. A Verification IP plays a key role in controlling verification schedules. Consider a case where tape out schedule is slipping in spite of having both - Internal VIP and External VIP.
Just like a blunt axe will take much longer to fell a tree, a sub standard Verification IP will prolong your IP Development. On the other hand if you “sharpen your axe” i.e. develop/buy a better Verification solution, it may initially seem like its taking longer and others are getting ahead. But, in the long run you will develop your IP faster.
In this blog, we take a deeper look at this much contemplated VIP “switching cost”.