Effective integration of advanced Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) requires extensive reuse of intellectual property (IP) modules, as well as automation of the IP integration process, including verification. Key enablers for this are standards to describe and package IP modules.

This paper focuses on the IP-XACT standards and demonstrates how these standards are deployed in three industrial IP integration flows. It reports on two future extensions to IP-XACT that are currently being explored in the SPRINT project: IPXACT-based verification software generation and IP-XACT-based configuration of debug environments. The paper’s authors conclude that IP-XACT is enabling powerful IP integration methodologies, and that future extensions can further increase the effectiveness of IP-XACT standards.