25th April 2007

ESL tool targets algorithm for FPGA, ASIC devices

Synplicity rolled out its Synplify DSP ASIC Edition software at the Design Automation and Test Europe conference in France. Their earlier ESL synthesis tool was aimed at FPGA designs. With this new offering, they are targeting customers who use FPGA prototyping for their DSP based ASICs.

Another recent news has been that TSMC is broadening its IP portfolio giving worries to IP providers and speculation in the industry whether TSMC is moving towards ASIC like biz model.

Gives a new meaning to the phrase “ASIC demise”………

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25th April 2007

TSMC’s IP moves stir up concern among providers

TSMC is broadening it’s portfolio of internally developed IPs and 3rd party IPs. It had started a program called IP-9000, later renamed to Active Accuracy Assurance Program, to qualify various IPs in its foundries. The objective was to expedite the design time with silicon proven 3rd party IPs.

With shorter design cycle time and with IPs becoming mandatory blocks in a design, the need for silicon proven IPs is not just desirable but also essential. Having a broad and quality IP portfolio is a big asset. If TSMC is getting into the ASIC like biz model, then indeed it is worrisome for the 3rd party IP vendors; especially the smaller ones who aspire to gain market share on the basis of their expertise in niche areas. The field gets all the more “unlevel”. But then it is a competitive world and TSMC would be leveraging on its resources and market reach.

A point to be noted is that, does this mean the resurrection of ASICs - often ranted about as dead ??

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