Improves Ease of Use and Enhances Communication between Intellectual Property Integrators and Vendors
SAN JOSE, Calif. (May 2, 2007) – FSA, the global voice of the fabless business model, announces the release of its Hard Intellectual Property (IP) Quality Risk Assessment Tool version 2.0.
The Tool collects information about an IP vendor, its design methodology and the IP under evaluation to enable risk assessment across seven criteria: IP design, integration, verification, process technology, product documentation, reliability and test.
Version 2.0 includes several new features that improve ease of use and enhance communication for both integrators and vendors.
The Tool has been built around a workflow process, allowing for flexibility and customization. It gathers information about an IP vendor’s design methodology, foundry qualification and details about specific IP. The questions are focused on IP families, making it less time-consuming for the vendor to complete and easier for the integrator to weight specific factors.
IPecosystem Tool Suite
This Tool is the first deliverable in the FSA IPecosystem Tool Suite, a collection of Tools that enable more efficient communication between IP vendors, integrators and foundries. Companies can use the IPe Tools as is or blend with their existing internal IP efforts.
The Suite will enhance a company’s internal capability by providing value to the IP vendor through structured feedback from the integrator. It will also enable the creation of best practices to define a strong communication link between the IP vendor, integrator and foundry.
Pricing and Availability
The Tool is available complimentary to the industry. To download version 2.0 and review the list of new features, please visit www.fsa.org/IPecosystem.
Further enhancements to FSA’s Hard IP Quality Risk Assessment Tool are planned for release in Q3 2007.
The second Tool in the Suite will focus on third-party IP licensing and will aid the negotiation process. It is also slated for release in Q3 2007.
The follow-on Tools will address technology and manufacturability of IP. These efforts will begin this year with planned releases in 2008.
FSA is the voice of the global fabless business model. Incorporated in 1994, FSA positively impacts the growth and return on invested capital of this business model to enhance the environment for innovation. It provides a platform for meaningful global collaboration between fabless companies and their partners; identifies and articulates opportunities and challenges to enable solutions; and provides research, resources, publications and survey information. Members include fabless companies and their supply chain and service partners, representing more than 21 countries across the globe. www.fsa.org.