IPextreme®, Inc., the company bringing famous IP (intellectual property) to system-on-chip designers worldwide, and NXP Semiconductors, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, announced the availability of NXP’s internally-developed CoReUse methodology and QCore(tm) tool for licensing to the entire semiconductor industry through IPextreme.
CoReUse represents more than ten years of investment by NXP to develop a comprehensive, practical, and efficient system that can be deployed at the group and enterprise level for engineers to develop reusable, high quality IP. It is in use today by nearly every NXP design group worldwide as the standard by which IP is developed and shared across the company.
CoReUse consists of a series of specifications, guidelines, and templates that guide engineers in developing reusable digital, analog mixed signal (AMS), and RF IP and includes the following:
- CoReUse Foundation. A set of reference manuals that include the CoReUse Standard and Constraints which define directory structures, naming conventions, and quick reference cards for Verilog and VHDL designs
- Design for test (DfT) specifications for CTAG/IEEE 1500, and support for testing AMS and high-speed IO technologies
- An additional set of specifications targeted for AMS and RF IP
- System level specifications for transaction level modeling, SoC integration using SPIRIT IP-XACT, and PSL assertions
- Architectural level specifications for using on-chip busses allowing the creation of IP-based platforms
- Documentation templates for engineers to capture key information about the IP they are developing
An important companion to the CoReUse standard is QCore, an EDA tool internally developed by NXP to automatically check an IP’s deliverables and documentation for compliance to the standard. QCore produces a certificate that classifies IP according to its compliance level to the CoReUse standard allowing integrators to know the level of completeness and quality achieved by that IP.
NXP has long been a thought leader in driving higher productivity in the semiconductor industry by pioneering advances in IP-based design and is an active participant in industry-wide IP standardization initiatives. Ralph von Vignau, senior director in NXP’s Corporate Innovation and Technology group and President of the SPIRIT Consortium(tm), commented, “NXP sees how opening up CoReUse for broad adoption can lead to faster progress on standardizations needed in the IP industry, allowing companies to more efficiently develop and share IP internally and between companies.”
Industry initiatives like VSIA(tm) have highlighted the difficulty the industry has experienced in creating, executing, and maintaining a standard IP reuse methodology. “CoReUse represents a giant step forward in what’s available for a company to develop high quality reusable IP,” said Warren Savage, president and CEO of IPextreme. “CoReUse and QCore, provide something for everyone. For engineers it’s a means to do your job better; for managers, it’s a tool for getting the maximum output and quality out of your teams; and for executives, it’s a technology that enables engineers and managers to make your organization as efficient and profitable as possible. By making the CoReUse methodology widely accessible, we are giving the design community a proven and valuable methodology and tool set that they can unwrap and use productively straight out of the box.”
“NXP has made an astute analysis of IP trends,” said Richard Wawrzyniak, senior market analyst, ASIC & SoC, Semico Research Corp. “IP reuse is going to continue to increase. It’s just a matter of time before everyone in the design flow has to pay more attention to reuse, and an established design reuse methodology should help the whole industry.”
CoReUse Availability and Pricing
CoReUse and QCore are available today. Customers can purchase the CoReUse standard in the form of e-books for as low as $199 per user per year from IPextreme’s Core Store(tm). Training for CoReUse is offered to companies who desire more in-depth training on its effective use. QCore is offered on a per seat license basis as well as enterprise-wide licenses. Customization services are also offered for those companies wanting to blend their own best practices with what’s available in CoReUse.
About NXP Semiconductors
NXP is a top 10 semiconductor company founded by Philips more than 50 years ago. Headquartered in Europe, the company has 37,000 employees working in more than 20 countries and posted sales of USD 6.3 billion in 2007. NXP creates semiconductors, system solutions and software that deliver better sensory experiences in mobile phones, personal media players, TVs, set-top boxes, identification applications, cars and a wide range of other electronic devices.
About IPextreme Inc.
IPextreme licenses famous semiconductor IP (intellectual property) and methodologies developed by large semiconductor companies to chip designers worldwide. These production-proven IP products serve both broad horizontal markets and specific verticals such as consumer and automotive, and are provided in a process-independent and EDA-neutral format for easy use by the widest range of customers. With a decade of experience in developing, packaging, licensing and supporting IP, IPextreme offers a complete business solution that allows semiconductor companies to strategically leverage their internal IP portfolio and expand overall revenue. The company has offices in Campbell, California; Munich, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan with representatives in China, India, Israel, Korea and Taiwan.
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