AUSTIN, Tex. -- Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector here has developed a central intellectual property (IP) repository designed to provide rapid access to reusable IP across the corporation. All Motorola designers and their customers, through the Motorola Business Groups, will have access to the IP Repository.
The IP Repository consists of distributed "vaults" of reusable hardware and software IP which can be integrated plug-and-play fashion into system-on-a-chip SOC designs. A Web-based search feature allows uses to search by name, functional description, relationships to other IP components, status and revision information, and then securely delivers the requested IP.
Each piece of IP also includes a one-page summary of its characteristics including its certification status, implementation processes, an overview, features, and a block diagram. Before the information is uploadeded, the IP is certified compliant with the Semiconductor Reuse Standards (SRS). Externally acquired IP also will be tested against established acceptance criteria.
The SRS currently encompasses categories such as architecture, implementation, and general standards, and will soon include system level and embedded software, said Janice Benzel, marketing and applications manager for the System-on-a-Chip Design Technology (SoCDT) center in Austin. "Other repositories are simply IP catalogs, whereas Motorola's repository offers users the ability to search, select, and download all in one location," said Benzel.
The repository will include such architectures as M-Core, PowerPC, Coldfire, and associated peripherals, as well as standard-based IP such as USB host and device, Firewire, IrDA, PCI, and Ethernet, she added.
"Users of IP have recognized the fact that reuse is a key enabler for reducing development cycle time," said Joe Pumo, director of the SoCDT center. "The expertise and experience of the teams at Motorola has allowed us to overcome the constraints previously associated with constructing a successful IP Repository."
"With this kind of approach, IP reuse could facilitate other products' convergence," said Rich Wawrzyniak, an analyst at Semico Research Corp. in Phoenix. "Motorola has come up with a method of IP reuse to meet a variety of goals within the industry. They are shifting to higher levels of abstraction, therefore doing IP design exploration with more efficient phases of design, creating a decrease in time-to-market."