By Lou Covey Editorial Director, New Tech Press
Accellera Systems Initiative, the non-profit standards organization for electronic design automation (EDA) and intellectual property (IP) standards, has taken over the moribund Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP).
Accellera has been taking over multiple standards organization in the industry for several years and this is only the latest. The acquisition includes the current OCP 3.0 standard and supporting infrastructure for reuse of IP blocks used in semiconductor design. OCP-IP and Accellera have been working closely together for many years, but OCP-IP lost corporate and member financial support steadily over the past five years and membership virtually flatlined. Combining the organizations may be the best way to continue to address interoperability of IP design reuse and jumpstart adoption.
"Our acquisition of OCP assets benefits the worldwide electronic design community by leveraging our technical strengths in developing and delivering standards," said Shishpal Rawat, Accellera Chair. "With its broad and diverse member base, OCP-IP will complement Accellera's current portfolio and uniquely position us to further develop standards for the system-level design needs of the electronics industry."
OCP-IP was originally started by Sonics, Inc. in December 2001 as a means to proliferate it's network-on-chip approach. Sonics CTO Drew Wingard has been a primary driver of the organization. It has long been perceived as the primary marketing tool of the company and it will be interesting to see how the company (which has been on and off the IPO trail several times since its founding) fairs without being the "big dog" in the discussion.
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