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EDAC expands tracking of IP industry revenues

Posted: 16 Apr 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:edac? silicon intellectual property? ip? artisan components?

The EDA Consortium's Market Statistics Survey group, which tracks and reports quarterly EDA industry revenues, is expanding its tracking of silicon intellectual property (SIP), adding 40 new IP categories.

Until now, EDAC has only tracked SIP revenues from companies that primarily offer EDA tools, but also offer cores. Starting with its first quarter 2004 reporting, the group will replace the six broad SIP categories with 40 more specific SIP market-related categories.

EDAC Chairman Wally Rhines, CEO of Mentor Graphics, said the group decided to track SIP in detail because many EDA vendors currently offer SIP themselves, or offer tools supporting other company's silicon IP.

EDAC also hopes to boost its membership by tracking SIP more closely. Currently the company has just over 100 member companies. The tracking of SIP could likely lure IP vendors like ARM, MIPS, and Artisan Components to EDAC.

"It is good for EDAC and ultimately the IP providers who over time need more detail than what MSS was providing," said Rhines. "EDAC has been actively recruiting IP providers for quite some time, and during the past year we have accelerated that effort. The MSS will be the primary provider of SIP market data. It may make membership in EDAC more attractive to people who aren't already in the industry but work in the IP industry."

The EDAC group has worked with the IP standards body VSIA to develop the 40 new categories. Michael Kaskowitz, VSIA president and general manager of Mentor's Inventra IP group, said the categories are based on VSIA's Virtual Component Transfer (VCT) product classification.

Some new macrocells and core categories include: physical libraries; memory; arithmetic, mathematic and logic functions; interface and peripheral cores; codec and encryption cores; graphics, image and audio cores; and processor and DSP cores. The new categories are listed at EDAC's website.

In addition to replacing the six previous SIP categories, MSS will also track two new EDA categories: TCAD and mask data preparation.

- Mike Santarini

EE Times

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