From time-to-market to time-to-volume

Buric, Branic
November 2005
Portable Design;Nov2005, Vol. 11 Issue 11, p32
The article views the move from time-to-market to time-to-volume as the natural progression in the third-party commercial intellectual property (IP) segment of the semiconductor industry. Today, designing with commercially available IP is common practice not only for fabless startups, but also for a majority of leading fabless semiconductor and independent device manufacturers (IDMs). IP providers gained the trust of their users by developing competitive physical components that would meet their design specifications and time-to-market goals. Moving forward, that will not be enough. Designers will demand a new class of IP called "silicon-aware IP" that tightly integrates physical IP with the embedded test, diagnostic, and repair capabilities of "infrastructure IP" to help ensure manufacturability and optimized yield at advanced process nodes.


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