Letter to semi IP vendors:
I have received a plethora of e-mails regarding my recent article, "Opinion: Semi IP sector is a lost cause."
Thanks for the feedback. In the e-mails, I received a ton of requests to interview the various executives at the semi IP houses. Instead, we invite semi IP vendors to send us a "commentary" or a "letter to the editor."
It doesn't have to be long; 500 words or less if fine. Here's some of the subjects one could address:
1. Explain why IP is not a lost cause. (Semi IP can accelerate the time to market for a design is not a good reason. We already know that.)
2. ARM has a decent business model. Does anyone else have one? Or, for that matter, what is the future business model for IP? Can anyone make any real money in the business?
3. Is IP even required as we go to the 45-nm node and beyond? If so, what IP is really critical in future designs?
4. For years, quality and lack of manufacturability has dogged IP. My perception: IP is a nightmare in the real world. Has this changed or not? My guess: No. With the demise of the VSI Alliance (VSIA), IP quality will remain unchecked.
I welcome any thoughts on the subject. In other words, sound off! I will post the comments from vendors, who have made a strong (and not a self-serving) case that IP is not a lost cause.
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