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For release: 26 Apr 2011

Accellera Announces IP Tagging Effort, Calls for Participation

IP Tagging tracks soft IP throughout the design and development process and benefits semiconductor foundries, IP providers and electronic design tool providers

NAPA, Calif., April 26, 2011 - Accellera, the electronics industry organization focused on the creation and adoption of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) standards and Intellectual Property (IP) standards, announced today that it is kicking off an IP Tagging effort that will benefit the electronics industry by tracking soft IP information which will be automatically added and detectable in the final GDSII database format. Accellera is also calling for participation in its IP Tagging Technical Subcommittee (TSC) efforts. Interested parties are invited to join and participate.

Soft IP, particularly from third party vendors, must be tracked to satisfy contractual obligations such as royalty reporting and usage. Control of the third party IP source is lost once IP is licensed, unlocked or otherwise made available in clear code. Accellera's IP Tagging TSC will develop a standard and methodology to utilize tags in soft IP that are readable in GDSII databases.

"Our Soft IP Tagging effort has a rich history and is an effort that is of real benefit to the electronics and semiconductor industry stakeholders," noted Shishpal Rawat, Accellera chair. "This effort began with the VSI Alliance and was passed on to the SPIRIT Consortium, and it is now under Accellera due to our merger with the SPIRIT Consortium."

"We are looking forward to kicking off our efforts and defining milestones that will help us realize a working specification in 2012," added Kathy Werner, Accellera's IP Tagging Technical TSC chair.

What the Industry Is Saying
"My perspective in regard to IP tagging always has been less focused on piracy and more on royalty audits," said Jim Hogan, Private Investor. "To have an effective and fair way to audit IP usage enables a predictable business model. This in turn allows companies to have a common approach to enterprise valuations. The opportunity with the Accellera effort will establish a standard and consistent way of applying an IP tag. This lowers everyone's cost and resistance to adoption on the buy and sell side of the IP equation. Tastes great and has no calories. A win-win."

"The electronics industry needs a soft IP Tagging standard to protect and secure its investments," remarked Richard Wawrzyniak, Sr. Market Analyst at Semico Research Corp. "Tracking the version of the IP would do more than add security through such a standard; it would alert IP consumers if there are compatibility issues. Given Accellera's history of developing IP-XACT and the hardware description languages for developing soft IP, it is the best organization to develop this standard."
"The IP world is desperately in need of standards that simplify IP reuse," added Gary Smith, Chief Analyst, Gary Smith EDA. "Accellera is taking on the challenge. This tagging standard is a good step in the right direction."

More about IP Tagging
An IP Tagging standard provides a way to track IP information as it passes throughout the design and development process. The design process can include editing, synthesis, timing, placement, wiring, and other steps leading to GDSII generation. Semiconductor foundries, providers of IP blocks, and design tool providers can use the methods described by an IP tagging standard to track identification information throughout each level of the development process and more specifically, in the final GDSII database. Because tags are intended to be readable on the text layer of the GDS format, previous IP Tagging implementations have been specific to cells and hard IP. Text tags instantiated in soft IP have not been recognized or carried forward by traditional EDA tools and are therefore not currently available in the GDSII database to verify actual implementation and usage.

How to Join Accellera's IP Tagging TSC
To join the IP Tagging TSC, please visit www.accellera.org to sign up.

About Accellera
Accellera provides design and verification standards for quick availability and use in the electronics industry. The organization and its members cooperatively deliver much-needed EDA and IP standards that lower the cost to design commercial IC and EDA products. As a result of Accellera's partnership with the IEEE, Accellera standards are transferred to the IEEE standards body for formalization and ongoing change control. For more information about Accellera, please visit www.accellera.org. For membership information, please email membership@accellera.org.

Acronyms and Definitions
GDSII (Gerber Data Stream Information Interchange) is a database file format which is the de facto industry standard for data exchange of integrated circuit layout artwork.

IP-XACT (also known as IEEE 1685) is a standard description for Intellectual Property (IP) blocks. It offers the electronics industry an approach to create and use IP blocks in a standard way so that IP use and re-use is easier and more economic.


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Georgia Marszalek
Public Relations for Accellera
Phone: 650-345-7477
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