NXP opens up on reuse lessons

The reuse methodology developed by NXP Semiconductors is making it to the outside world through a book deal with IPextreme.

The agreement sees IPextreme, a company set up to sell IP developed by chipmakers such as Freescale Semiconductors and Infineon Technologies, take on NXP’s Coreuse method for developing reusable IP and selling it as an e-book as well as a quality-checklist tool called Qcore.

Coreuse consists of a series of specifications, guidelines, and templates that guide engineers in developing reusable digital, mixed-signal and radio-frequency IP.

“It is the recipe for how they do IP,” said Warren Savage, president of IPextreme. “NXP has have been working on it for ten years and it has been in production for the last five years.”

Savage said the method has been captured in the form of e-books that will be sold through the company’s online store. “In addition to that, there are some templates for people who want to go to an implementation phase.”

Ralph von Vignau, senior director in NXP’s corporate innovation and technology group and president of the SPIRIT Consortium, said there is value to his company in licensing CoreUse externally to the chipmaker: “NXP sees how opening up CoReUse for broad adoption can lead to faster progress on standardisations needed in the IP industry, allowing companies to more efficiently develop and share IP internally and between companies.”

Savage added: “The endgame for NXP is that they want to buy more IP. IP-Xact is like a subset of this. NXP is very keen on industry standards but I haven’t seen anything nearly as advanced as what NXP has [in terms of reuse.”

Image: NXP developed the Coreuse methodology to speed up chip design

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