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Revolutionary IP

Block based design using standards driven IP is taking off. By Phil Dworsky.

The relentless increase in the number of transistors that can be fitted on a single chip has brought an equally relentless increase in the need for design productivity. It has become obvious that the only way to close the design productivity gap and use of all the transistors available is not to design everything yourself: it is to reuse IP from a reliable vendor, which can actually make it all work together.
This situation is not likely to change anytime soon: recent figures from IBS indicate that 86% of the non memory transistors in a typical 130nm chip are ‘re-used’, that is, they are either internal or third party IP, and the company estimates that this will increase at the 90nm node to 92%. As a consequence, the IP business is proving robust – Gartner Dataquest put 2003 third party IP revenues up 5% at just over $1billion, despite the recession elsewhere in the semiconductor industry; it projects that the IP market will grow 22% in 2004 to reach $1.3billion and rise to $2.5billion by 2007.

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