Valuing IP: What’s most important?

M. G. “Chuck” Chakravarthi posted a great question on the LinkedIn Semiconductor Professional’s Group. He asked:

From an IP consumer (chipset vendors, ODMs, OEMs) perspective, what are the important traits you lookout for when you buy an IP core from a vendor? Please rank the parameters important for a Silicon/Hardware IP core in the descending order of importance

1. Price
2. Verification done and verification tools available
3. Financial stability of company
4. Support provided for the IPs
5. How well it is bundled (installation, documentation etc.)
6. Pricing models (One time v/s royalty)
7. Standard compliance
8. Is it Silicon proven (implemented on FPGA, ASIC)
9. How easy it is to integrate with other components on chip
10. Certifications, Plugfests, IoTs
11. Complementary components available (Stack, PHY Layer)

There have been two answers so far, both informative. I am going to list the top five attributes from each responder.

Mahesh Penugonda responded:

Hi, here is my rating in descending order

1. Standard compliance
2. Support provided for the IPs
3. Financial stability of company
4. Price
5. Verification done and verification tools available

Amit Jain responded: Here is my opinion

1. Standard Compliance
2. Is it Silicon proven (implemented on FPGA, ASIC)
3. Support provided for the IPs
4. Price
5. Financial stability of company

Note that standards compliance is number one on both lists. Check out my two recent blog entry on standards for System Realization and SoC Realization here.

Also note that support is number two or three on both lists. Interestingly, price is down at fourth. The cost of the IP is far less significant than other factors when you consider the cost of IP that’s not ready to integrate, poorly supported, or not compliant with appropriate standards.

You’ll find Chakravarthi’s LinkedIn group discussion here.

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