Guillaume Boillet, Senior Director of Product Management at Arteris, authored this EDN article.
June 7th, 2023 - by Guillaume Boillet
In the not-so-distant past, system-on-chip (SoC) devices were relatively simple compared to today’s offerings. Early SoCs typically consisted of 10 to 20 intellectual property (IP) blocks, each generally composed of around 10,000 to 50,000 logic gates. Most of these IPs, including the processor and peripheral functions, were licensed from third-party vendors. Developers normally created only one or two IPs containing the “secret sauce” that differentiated their SoC from other competitive offerings.