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In today's hardware design environments, IP’s are often thought of as self contained “black boxes” where the IP is instantiated in a design based on a specific release version. This lends itself well to hierarchical designs where a project can be assembled using these releases and a stable, well-understood configuration of the design can be sent for production.

In reality, these IP’s are each organized using subfolders (“Views”) containing different categories of files, each of which is developed on its own release schedule.  This creates a number of challenges when multi-disciplinary teams are working on different blocks and yet need to remain coordinated across the overall project to assure timely, high-quality releases.

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Our new white paper titled "IP Views" discusses the various challenges and the available solutions that lead to better convergence on working Silicon.