The modern SoC typically consists of billions of transistors and is normally designed with many modular IP blocks. Each of these blocks have been commercially licensed, developed or reused from previous designs. Integrating these components can be time-consuming and error-prone, which is continually getting more complex thanks to:
- Increased system complexity: consumers are demanding even more functionality for their connected lives
- Smaller processor technology: technology has accelerated through 10nm and below (but with higher risks and lower yields)
- Increased consumer cycles: products are now often refreshed at 6-12 months (and this is only getting faster), which is driving silicon design cycles
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