ISQED05 Plenary Session 2P

Wednesday March 23, 2005

Plenary Session 2P

Donner Pass Room

8:30am - 10:15am


Co-Chairs:    Kris Verma

Silicon Valley Technical Institute

Lech Jozwiak

Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands     



Introduction & Announcements




Collaboration, Quality and Value in the Design Chain


David Courtright

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Cadence Design Systems


Meeting the challenges of product development cycles and managing the complexity of increased semiconductor functionality has created a demand for a virtual reaggregation of the silicon design chain.  These challenges continue to multiply with the concurrent move to smaller geometries.

This presentation, will address the challenges by calling for an industry commitment to collaborate across the design chain.  It is shown how collaboration is necessary for companies to meet time-to-market demands and manage the increasing complexity in chip design, while preserving the intellectual property of each member of the design chain. The speaker will also discuss the need for developing higher quality EDA tools as a means to the end of developing the next generation of electronics products.





IP Quality: A New Model that Faces Methodology and Management Challenges


Kurt A. Wolf

Director, Library Management Division



The promised value and productivity from re-aggregating the IC design chain isn’t always delivered, in part because of isolated IP product development/quality related practices, and in part because of an inability, from a design management perspective, to see “big picture” issues in the IP marketplace.  However, these challenges are not insurmountable.

The concern over IP quality has rightfully grown over the past years as the future growth of the IC industry depends on two factors; a) achieving higher levels of design productivity and b) shifting internal resources towards creating and delivering value-added user benefits that stimulate increased end-product consumption.  While the second factor is not discussed in this presentation, there’s a presumption that higher IP quality and productivity enables a shift of resources to more applications-oriented design.

A pre-requisite to achieving the productivity gains is substantial improvements in the level of IP quality, coupled with increased forethought during product development. This presentation describes a methodology to evaluate IP for SOC integration.  The focus is on development & quality verification practices that also account for the issues of IP integration.

 Additionally, the long-term growth of the semiconductor industry may be limited by the lack of value placed on collaboration, support, quality verification, and due diligence between SOC design teams and their IP partners.

This presentation also describes improvements in the Hard IP business relationship between these groups that enable dramatic growth through slight changes in communications models. 

By developing reasonable expectations and focusing on open discussion between each group, perspective begins to shift.  The true value of the design team and IP partnership is a function of successful collaborations – not when the user squeezes the last drop out of NRE, royalty, per-use, or other financing models.  And the value-add of the partnership is realized when that collaboration includes additional real, shared incentives that more fully value the IP industry, rather than focus on purely lowest cost.





SoC Engineering Trends as Impacted by New Applications and System Level Requirements


Bernard Candaele

Department Head, SoC, IC & EDA

Thales, Paris Colombes, France


The SoC increasing integration scale as well as the system and customer requirements are important factors for a complete revisit of the development models for electronic products. New customer models ask for software driven electronics. Software engineering is moving to a component-based and MDA development approach to be applied to embedded applications. Hardware engineering is moving to SSDI System Level Development and Reuse methodologies. The 2 approaches have now to be further developed and combined for next generations SoC’s to get high quality and adaptable designs at a reasonable development cost.  New application-level quality standards have also to be part of the complete development flow.

It is demonstrated through several examples these new methodologies: system engineering methodology on software radios (UML, PIM Platform Independent Model and PSM Platform Specific Model) and its current extension to the hardware parts (SCA, OCP potential extensions), system engineering in line with the Common Criteria development and qualification process for new security products (PP Protection Profile and ST Security Target,…), development and validation methodology in line with DO254 standard for new safety products in avionics (formal verifications, …). Impacts on SoC architectures and design techniques will be discussed during the talk.  


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