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Free IP or the Soprano Model?
John Blyler and Sean OKane mix it up when talking about open source semiconductor IP, Minalogic, Greensocs and a potential buyer for MIPS.
Although last month’s DesignWest show focused on embedded technologies, a few attending companies did talk about matters of interest to the semiconductor intellectual property (IP) market. John Blyler, author of the “IP Insider blog on ChipEstimate.com, talked with one of the companies – Minalogic, a technology cluster center based in Grenoble, France.
From there, the semiconductor IP discussion took an unexpected turn into the world of open source hardware and software, promoting a question about open source IP. Sean O’Kane, producer/host ChipEstimate.TV, proposed a “Soprano” model for IP – “You give me a little IP, and then when we make the chip, you can give me a little bit back.” That was an offer that few could refuse.
The talk ended with speculation about a potential buy for MIPS.