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Viewpoint: More to IP reuse than software tweaks

2/25/2009 04:00 PM EST
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re: Viewpoint: More to IP reuse than software tweaks
Grant Martin   2/25/2009 7:47:43 PM
There is of course a "third way", which combines the advantages of software on processors and customised hardware. It also allows designers and companies to keep their added value intellectual property proprietary. That is the creation of ASIPs: Application-Specific Instruction set Processors - with instruction extensions tailored to specific algorithms and that can incorporate (and keep protected) users' IP differentiation. ASIPs can't cover all the cases where customised hardware may be needed, but increasingly in complex dataplane algorithms, they are being used more and more often - often multiple heterogeneous processors in subsystems for video, baseband and other areas. And being software programmable, they do have advantages for in-field upgrade and application to related domains and algorithms beyond the original one. Of course, as I work for an ASIP IP company, this is more than just my particular point of view.

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