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Umips: A Semiconductor Ip Repository For Ic Design Research And Education

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Undergraduate Research & New Directions

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9.1329.1 - 9.1329.8



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Richard Brown

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Session 1332

UMIPS: A Semiconductor IP Repository for IC Design Research and Education

Michael S. McCorquodale and Richard B. Brown

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2122


Semiconductor intellectual property (IP) and design reuse have recently become cornerstones of commercial integrated circuit (IC) development because they enable significant gains in design productivity. Common IP blocks can be instantiated and reused within a variety of integrated cir- cuits and thus the design effort can be focused on the new or critical functions that have been implemented by the development team. However, within the electrical engineering research and education community, efforts to develop and utilize IP are in their infancy. To address that fact, one of the first academic IP repositories has been launched, the University of Michigan Intellec- tual Property Source (UMIPS). UMIPS presents a significant academic enrichment opportunity for students in both the areas of course work and research. Students who submit designs to UMIPS, even as part of their introductory IC design course work, can potentially have their designs fabricated into large-scale ICs by graduate student researchers. The student researchers also benefit through the availability of IP for their designs and thus the focus of their efforts can be on the fundamental and contributory aspects of their research. Additionally, students may mix and match exciting breakthroughs from their research activities and associated IP with IP from other researchers, thus realizing novel systems that could never be developed in a timely manner through individual research pursuits. In an effort to support such activities, UMIPS has been launched with broad support for IP components including entries spanning from complete micro- processor cores to individual microelectromechanical system (MEMS) components. To date, sev- eral of these components have been withdrawn from the repository and deployed into large-scale integrated circuits. These activities have led to significant strides in collaborative student research and developments in integrated circuit design automation and methodology. In this paper, UMIPS is presented as both an instrument for advancing IC research and a tool for IC education.

I. An overview of semiconductor intellectual property

It has recently been estimated that semiconductor design productivity is increasing at a rate of 28% annually while semiconductor capacity is increasing at a rate of 58% annually1. This trend quantifies the now well-known productivity-capacity gap in semiconductor development. Many electronic design automation (EDA) tools have been developed to reduce this gap, but one partic-

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Brown, R., & McCorquodale, M. (2004, June), Umips: A Semiconductor Ip Repository For Ic Design Research And Education Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13829

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