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EE Times Speakout: Fresh licensing method frees up hardware design

Aug 17, 1999, 18:56 (3 Talkback[s])
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"If systems-on-chip are to realize their full economic potential in the hardware world, the proprietary licensing structure of silicon intellectual property (IP) has to change."

"Community source licensing (CSL) is an emerging approach that promises to free SoC design from the effects of costly and rigid proprietary licensing. CSL creates an open, yet structured, environment in which users can easily examine specific IP, share information, and begin development using the IP, without incurring enormous upfront licensing fees."

"The proprietary licensing model that dominates hardware design forces engineers to choose IP almost sight unseen and then pay huge upfront licensing fees. The approach benefits the IP vendor, but offers no advantage for the user. Though open source licensing has proven successful in software, it is not practical for hardware design. Building sophisticated hardware devices, unlike creating complex software structures, requires that many implementation details be taken into account if the design is to succeed."

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