SPRINT

Open SoC Design Platform for Reuse and Integration of IPs


OBJECTIVE



Enable Europe to be the leader in design productivity and quality in Systems-on-Chip (SoC) design, by mastering the SoC design complexity with effective standards and design technology for reuse and integration of IP.


ABSTRACT



Abstract

Global objectives of the SPRINT project:
Enable Europe to be the leader in design productivity and quality in Systems-on-Chip (SoC) design, by mastering the SoC design complexity with effective standards and design technology for reuse and integration of IP

Approach:
Develop a standards-based open design platform that supports the development of interoperable and reusable IPs and their efficient integration into high quality SoCs

Benefits:
Stimulating a SoC design ecosystem to the benefit of SoC integrators and (emerging) IP providers and EDA companies
Early availability of advanced SoCs for system integrators to excel in their markets

Advance over state of the art

The SPRINT project provides a broad and integrated research initiative addressing the complete SoC design flow from initial specification to a verified synthesizable RT-level description of the SoC. The SPRINT SoC design flow advances over a traditional SoC design flow by providing enhanced IP reuse, consistent design across abstraction levels, and enhanced automation of IP integration, verification and debug. As a consequence it supports early verification and debug as well as early software development. This breaks the sequentiality of traditional design flows.



SPRINT SoC design flow
 

Contribution to the IST' strategic objective Nanoelectronics

SPRINT will contribute in several ways to the Design Technologies focus:

  • A rigorous research activity will be performed to obtain a breakthrough in technology for reuse and integration of IP modules.

  • SPRINT will create an open SoC design platform, consisting of standards and a SoC design methodology, with matching tools and IP modules. Such design platform provides the basis for SoC design environments that support the efficient development and integration of interoperable and reusable IP modules, including debug and verification of SoCs.

  • The standards-based open SoC design platform will enhance the interoperability and reusability of IP modules, allowing companies to share the costs and risks of developing non-differentiating IP modules, thereby avoiding duplication of development efforts.

  • The three main European semiconductor companies have agreed to exchange IPs and will demonstrate in a concrete way visible breakthroughs and the associated benefits for the SoC community.


Open innovation with knowledge sharing in SoC design ecosystem


Impact on the SoC domain

The SPRINT project will establish a SoC design ecosystem, in which IP vendors, EDA vendors, SoC integrators and academia interact and support each other. This ecosystem will yield effective use of innovation capacity, provide a low barrier and sizeable market for SMEs (IP vendors and EDA companies) and will thereby increase the innovation speed in the SoC domain. In combination with in depth research performed by Universities and Research Institutes, SPRINT provides all the necessary ingredients for Open innovation in the European SoC arena.


SPRINT impacts all players in the SoC domain