Creating and Exploiting Reusable Designs
Now that silicon manufacturing has enabled the cost-effective production of single-chip implementations for what previously were considered full systems, designers are increasingly reusing significant portions of previous designs. Thus, today's integrated circuits require that designers create and integrate reusable building blocks or intellectual property (IP). Both design for reuse and design with reuse are discussed. The steps required to develop a system-on-chip product are described along with the role of prototyping.