FAQ

What is IPL Alliance?
IPL Alliance is an industry initiative to establish an interoperable eco-system in custom design. 18 EDA vendors and TSMC are members. The current focus is on interoperable PDK’s. TSMC recently announced their 65nm interoperable PDK that was developed in collaboration with other IPL Alliance members.

Who can join IPL?
Membership is open to all EDA, Semiconductor and foundry companies. Currently there is no cost to join. Members participate in the meetings, contribute to efforts that enable interoperability, and have access to interoperable PDK documentation and reference kits.

How do other companies join this effort?
Logon to www.IPLnow.com to join the IPL alliance and have an influence on its direction.

What are the benefits of an IPL?
  • Enables a single PDK library to support any OpenAccess tool
  • Reduces PDK development and support costs
  • Creates choices in building your analog flow
  • Increase design reuse

What are the next steps for the IPL alliance?
IPL Alliance members will do more interoperability testing with their tools. Continuing educate the industry about the benefits of IPL. Grow IPL Alliance membership. Establish standards for interoperable PDK.

Will the IPLs work with the Cadence environment?
Although Cadence has not yet chosen to join the IPL group, members have tested the proof-of-concept library with Cadence Virtuoso 6.1®.

How do I ensure my internal propriety tools work with the IPL?
Tools that support the latest OpenAccess specifications will work with IPLs.

How can I build an iPDK?
IPL Alliance member companies have access to all of the information and experts on how to build and validate iPDK’s. That is one of the benefits of joining IPL. IPL Alliance intends to make this knowledge more readily acceptable, but it has not had the resources to do this yet.

Who can I contact about the IPL collaboration?
You can send an email to info@iplnow.com or contact the following individuals:

SpringSoft
Dave Reed, Marketing Manager
(408) 467-7888
dave_reed@springsoft.com

ST Micro
Vincent Varo, CMOS & derivative PDK Manager
(310) 563-6325
vincent.varo@st.com

Synopsys
Jingwen Yuan, Strategic Alliance Manager
(650) 584-5950
jingwen@synopsys.com

TSMC
Tom Quan, Open Innovation Platform® Marketing Manager
(408) 382-8184
tquan@tsmc.com