The following listing details some of the standards organizations, vendors, consultants and SOC forums tackling issues related to systems-on-chip design.
The Virtual Socket Interface Alliance (VSIA) is an industry consortium devoted to establishing standards for merging intellectual property. The Web site covers the alliance goal for system-level chip design: a simple process of mixing and matching functions from different sources onto a single silicon chip, making true system-level ICs possible and practical to develop.
Held last week at the Santa Clara Convention Center and sponsored by EE Times and Electronics Times, IP99: the Intellectual Property Business Forum was billed as the "only event that addresses both the business and technology issues driving system-on-chip design." Find information about the presentations at the site.
Virage Logic's Web site covers designs and markets for SOC IP blocks that feature ultra-low-power, high-speed embedded memories. Virage designers typically work on SOC designs that have more than 20 million transistors.
At Aspec Technology's site, find information on semiconductor intellectual-property libraries, architectures for IP creation, cell libraries for both array and cell-based IC designs, IC design implementation workflows and methodologies, and design-engineering services for the complete "concept-to-fabrication" process.
Quicklogic offers some insight here into soft IP and the company's work with embedded standard products that combine user-customizable hardware IP with user-configurable logic.
Si2's site provides engineering consultation and services to electronics companies for integrating large-scale silicon systems.
Access this site to find information on the Synopsys Primetime product, a full-chip static timing analysis tool for SOC design.
The first SOC summit will take place May 14-15th at the Boulders Resort in Carefree, Ariz. Put together by EE Times with assistance from Dataquest, EDA Today and industry executives, the conference will cover a range of issues. Industry speakers are expected to address the future of SOC design, intellectual property, IP standards, design reuse and business models for leveraging those elements.
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