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How much of the chip does IP fill?

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old account Frank Eory
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re: How much of the chip does IP fill?
old account Frank Eory   5/17/2013 10:32:23 PM
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Chip surface area is a poor metric for measuring IP content. The trend of IP blocks -- both licensed and internally developed -- comprising an ever increasing percentage of SoC content is undeniable. But at the same time, every SoC needs its differentiation, so there will always be some amount of new design. I wonder if anyone has ever taped out an SoC that was comprised entirely of licensed IP blocks? If so, I wonder about the P&L analysis and whether it had any commercial success.

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