March 15, 2007 -- The development of austriamicrosystems’
second-generation multimedia platform and its derivative products exemplifies
the advantages that an SIP (system-in-package) product can offer over an SOC
(system on chip).
The design team created performance-critical IP (intellectual-property)
blocks and used IP blocks from outside vendors to speed the development and to
reduce the costs of such a complex undertaking. The team carefully chose the
criteria for selecting and purchasing IP and encountered several problems with
the integration of some IP blocks.
Many CAD tools contributed to the development, but there are still
development tasks, especially in the area of hardware/software co-design and in
the design of the SIP, that commercially available tools cannot handle. Close
cooperation between the hardware team and the software team was necessary to
obtain optimal performance from the products. In addition, the team considered
design-for-test and design-for-manufacturability issues early in the development
By Mario Manninger. ( Manninger is director of
engineering in the communications business unit austriamicrosystems AG)
This brief introduction has been excerpted from the original copyrighted article.