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Synplicity pushing open IP encryption methodology standard

Posted: 21 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Synplicity Inc. has developed a free, non-proprietary intellectual property (IP) encryption flow that permits industry-wide interoperability and is offering this methodology to the EDA, IP and end-user communities, the company said Monday (June 19).

According to the company, the methodology is being offered as a means to address the challenges designers face when using protected IP in design flows, which are often composed of tools from several different EDA vendors. The proposed methodology supports tool interoperability and the underlying technology allows IP providers and EDA vendors to deliver solutions to their customers that provide the flexibility and security necessary for an industry standard to emerge, according to Synplicity.

"There are two impacts," said Andrew Dauman, Synplicity's senior vice president of worldwide engineering. "The methodology can greatly reduce the amount of work the IP vendors and tool vendors need to do to support IP flows. And, it greatly improves the user experience with adopting IP, because less is required to negotiate contracts to get access to the IP."

Some EDA companies have attempted to offer their own proprietary IP encryption schemes, but, according to Synplicity, those efforts failed because proprietary schemes do not satisfy user needs for interoperability between tools from multiple vendors. The proposed non-proprietary methodology will allow IP vendors to create a single version of the encrypted data that can be used by tools from multiple EDA vendors, the company said.

The methodology utilizes openly available, government-approved encryption methods combined with an encryption embedding mechanism proposed by Cadence Design Systems Inc. for the next revision of IEEE 1364-2005. The methodology also permits IP vendors to choose how far encryption persists through the design flow and includes the option of encryption all the way to the semiconductor, said the company.

The company plans to host a breakfast panel on July 25 at the 2006 Design Automation Conference here to discuss this open IP encryption flow and methodology. Panel members include representatives from ARM, Cadence, Lattice Semiconductor, VSI Alliance, Xilinx and Synplicity.

- Dylan McGrath, Richard Goering
EE Times

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