Today’s electronics industry is a fast-changing environment driven by ever-shrinking design cycles, smaller design geometries, and increasing gate counts. Manufacturers must carefully balance growing demand for more sophisticated, feature-loaded products with their ability to handle increasing system design complexity. Compounding these demands is a wide array of emerging technology standards and ever-increasing global competition.

These pressures are causing a shift in the way Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and semiconductor companies approach the design process. They are increasingly forced to adopt a process that leverages the physical design and integration expertise of third-party experts, via the Value Chain Producer (VCP) model. One of the many benefits of this model is the successful integration of third-party Intellectual Property (IP) into chips—a key factor in the success or failure of a product. This article delves into the VCP design methodology and details the advantages it offers for IP integration in today’s processor designs.

Reprinted in its entirety from ARM IQ Vol. 6, No. 3, 2007