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VSIA closes shop, drives IP donation

Posted: 16 Jul 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IP standards body  VSIA standards 

The VSI Alliance (VSIA), an IP standards body for the electronics industry has announced that it will close its operations and transfer its work to other organisations, which will develop IP and electronics standards. The VSIA Board will act as a stewardship committee shepherding the donation of VSIA IP standards to other industry organisations.

''This is the end of an era for VSIA and the industry, but not the end of the successful work created by the Alliance,'' said Gary Delp, VSIA's chief technology officer and a distinguished engineer at LSI Corp. ''We will find the best home for each of our standards so that the industry can continue to benefit from the thousands of hours donated by many companies and individuals over the past eleven years.''

VSIA was founded in 1996. It brought together the EDA, electronics and semiconductor industries in developing IP standards.

Describing the role of VSIA, Mahendra Jain, President & CEO, QualCore Logic, India said, "VSIA has been around for the last 10 years and when an organisation completes its objectives it does not need to exist anymore. The VSIA organisation has created awareness for the IP industry by highlighting the issues involved in using IP. It created a metric that is useful for customer to evaluate digital IP."

"Consumer, not standard body, drives the IP business. The standard body can help in standardising and creating awareness and hence make it easier for both user and the suppliers. Users want a working IP and a company who is willing to support. They do not care if it is VSIA compliant or not, as long as it is working in their system and meet their needs. They will acquire the IP with or without a VSIA stamp of approval." Jain adds.

Key standards including the Quality IP Metric, the encryption work currently underway within the IP Protection working group, and the Soft and Hard Tagging standards, also within the IP Protection working group, are being considered for donation to IEEE and other organisations.

The QIP Metric, which has been downloaded by hundreds of companies worldwide, is a mature, widely adopted standard that can benefit from moving to the next level of adoption and review that can be provided by the well established IEEE.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

- Additional reporting by Dipti Agarwal in Hyderabad

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