Hard IP for an embedded FPGA

Hard IP for an embedded FPGA
by Tom Dillinger on 04-30-2018 at 12:00 pm

As Moore’s Law enables increased integration, the diversity of functionality in SoC designs has grown. Design teams are seeking to utilize outside technical expertise in key functional areas, and to accelerate their productivity by re-using existing designs that others have developed. The Intellectual Property (IP) industry… Read More


Good Library Hygiene Takes More Than an Occasional Scrub

Good Library Hygiene Takes More Than an Occasional Scrub
by Bernard Murphy on 10-26-2017 at 7:00 am

You don’t shower only before you have to go to an important meeting (teenagers excepted). Surgical teams go further, demanding a strict regimen of hygiene be followed before anyone is allowed into an operating room. Yet we tend to assume that libraries and physical IP (analog, memories, other physical blocks) are checked and pronounced… Read More


Power Checks for Your Libraries

Power Checks for Your Libraries
by Bernard Murphy on 05-12-2017 at 7:00 am

When your design doesn’t work, who owns that problem? I don’t believe the answer to this question has changed significantly since semiconductor design started, despite distributed sourcing for IP and manufacturing. Some things like yield can (sometimes) be pushed back to the foundry, but mostly the design company owns the problem.… Read More


IP development strategy and hockey

IP development strategy and hockey
by Tom Dillinger on 01-19-2017 at 7:00 am

One of the greatest hockey players of all time, Wayne Gretzky, provided a quote that has also been applied to the business world — “I skate to where the puck will be, not to where it has been.” It strikes me that this philosophy directly applies to IP development, as well. Engineering firms providing IP must anticipate… Read More


Quality in Hard IP

Quality in Hard IP
by Bernard Murphy on 11-15-2016 at 7:00 am

I was CTO at Atrenta, home of SpyGlass, for many years before the company was acquired by Synopsys, so I Image Removedknow a thing or two about IP quality, to paraphrase a popular commercial. The problem is that even in the best-run IP shops, errors happen. Sometimes they happen on simple changes, especially when you think “This IP… Read More