03 Jan '13, 10am

Forget design for reuse; the new mantra is ‘build for change’, says @Cadence!

Third party IP vendors have, for years, said that assembling proven, reusable IP building blocks is the best way of creating complex devices within tight timescales. But now, it seems, design reuse is no longer the solution, if indeed, it ever was. Even the most basic standards based IP building blocks featuring in third party IP catalogues are developed to suit different protocols, interface standards or process nodes. In addition, many have a number of parameters that need to be specified more precisely, resulting in many potential configurations. When it comes to the next project, Lund maintains, some element will have changed such that the IP block is either no longer suitable, or requires some modification. He accepts that an IP block may still (but not always) be reused to generate derivative products as part of a platform based design approach. "The factory approach...

Full article: http://www.newelectronics.co.uk/electronics-news/forget-d...

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