In the field of IP-based design, a SoC designer usually searches for IPs and after he has purchased some, he needs to further process them before they can be included in existing designs. Since IP providers use different formats and design tools require different parts of the IP for their services it is hard to find an IP description format that satisfies and is exchangeable between all parties. This paper presents such a unified format. It can be used to search for, deliver and exchange IPs between the designer and external IP service providers. An integration infrastructure based on the format was implemented and evaluated. The results prove its applicability.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The issues discussed in this article are part of the MEDEA+ project ToolIP (Tools and Methods for IPs) promoted by the European Union and the corresponding German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) project IPQ (IP Qualification). This project is jointly accomplished by a consortium of renowned companies including Siemens, AMD, ST, Design & Reuse, Philips and sci-worx.
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- Design tool integration
- IP description format
- IP-based design
- Web services