There's no shortage of challenges with IP re-use:
All of these and more must be addressed against increasing time-to-market pressures. These challenges are not limited to third-party IP, but even managing internal IP investments as well.
Atrenta offers a proven, industry standard solution: the Atrenta IP Kit. This solution makes the process of IP re-use more efficient for both chip designers as well as IP suppliers. Designers benefit from improved overall IP quality and minimized iterations caused by incomplete deliverables or incorrect assumptions. IP suppliers now have a way of assuring designers that their IP can be integrated with ease.
Atrenta's IP Kit is built on the industry-standard SpyGlass® platform. The IP Kit is comprised of a set of checks specifically targeted to handoff third-party IP blocks or internally developed designs. The checks used to qualify the IP blocks are derived from Atrenta's GuideWare reference methodology. All results are summarized in easy-to-read HTML DashBoard and DataSheet reports.
The IP Kit features a number of deliverables, including:
The IP Kit generates two important reports: The Atrenta DashBoard and DataSheet.
The Atrenta DashBoard provides a pass / fail status for all IP blocks. It shows the status of the block for key design objectives such as CDC, power, test, timing constraints and more. It also reflects the overall readiness of the IP as measured by various quality goals. User-defined success criteria are employed to report tolerance to errors and warnings. Designers are able to drill down to get additional information on the exact violations reported, as well as access trend data that shows overall progress to achieve IP Signoff. A SpyGlass Clean report has no failures reported.
The second report is the Atrenta DataSheet. This report focuses on IP characteristics. Once the DashBoard report is "clean," the DataSheet acts as a final handoff document that captures key information about the IP block, such as the I/O table, clock trees, reset trees, final power spec, test coverage, constraints coverage and more. Especially useful when a block is being integrated, the report gathers this key information into one easy-to-read HTML document.
The Atrenta IP Kit has demonstrated a greater than 50 percent reduction in IP/block handoff iterations for current customers. The IP Kit can be deployed in existing design environments, or started with a single SoC project and grown into a complete IP eco-system solution.