February 1, 2007 -- There wasn’t a big ceremony with fireworks, a comedian, and showgirls in stunning dresses. There was no party, and there wasn’t even a press release, but, last year, the IP (intellectual-property) industry quietly celebrated its 10th anniversary. Its debut coincided with the 1996 formation of the VSIA (Virtual Socket Initiative Alliance). You might find that fact hard to believe given that it is now nearly impossible to find an SOC (system on chip) or an ASIC that does not contain at least one reused block—that is, one piece of IP. But the unceremonious passing of the IP industry’s 10th anniversary is a testament to the fact that the industry has a long way to go before reaching its full potential.
By Michael Santarini, EDN Senior Editor
This brief introduction has been excerpted from the original copyrighted article.