The TSMC IP Alliance Program, a key component of TSMC Open Innovation Platform® (OIP), includes major and leading IP companies, providing the semiconductor industry's largest catalog of silicon-verified, production-proven and foundry-specific intellectual property (IP). The IP Alliance members can access TSMC technical data and/or libraries to design their IP, and get dedicated support from TSMC IP technical support teams for third parties.
The TSMC9000 Program is related to TSMC's IP Alliance Program and defines a set of minimum IP quality requirements. IP partners can submit data and apply to go through the TSMC9000 assessment for their IP. Assessment results are posted on TSMC-Online to help customers understand the confidence level and/or risk level of using these IP. In addition, an extension of the TSMC9000 Program focuses on testing verification on system level to ensure the best possible design experience, easiest design reuse and the fastest integration into the overall design system.
IP alliance members register their IP at TSMC's IP registration system to form TSMC's best-in-class ecosystem IP catalog. The TSMC IP catalog contains thousands of IP from more than 40 IP alliance members. Customer can do IP search and selection enabled in the “IP Center” on TSMC-Online (TSMC-Online Design Portal 3.0 IP Center).
All IP in the TSMC IP catalog are created, directly sold and directly supported by the individual IP partner to better support each customer's particular design and business model. The figure below is a typical SoC diagram which shows the IP category that TSMC's IP ecosystem offers to customers.
TSMC9000, TSMC library and IP quality management program, aims to provide customer with consistent, simple way to review set of minimum quality requirements for libraries and IP designed for TSMC process technologies. The reviews can be viewed via TSMC-Online using your login info. TSMC9000 team monitors ongoing IP quality and its requirements are documented and constantly revised to keep IP quality requirements up-to-date. TSMC IP Alliance members submit required TSMC9000 data and silicon reports to TSMC for assessments. TSMC9000 assessment results are posted to TSMC-Online after review. Customers can see the assessment results and scores on TSMC-Online and understand the IP confidence level and/or risk level of using the IP for reference and judgment. Having these assessment results readily available can significantly shorten design Lead Time (L/T), which also lowers Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the entire SoC design process. Certification by TSMC9000 is one of the key requirements for acceptance to TSMC IP Alliance Program. The TSMC9000 requirements are described in the following documents:
- TSMC9000, overall IP acceptance requirements and review procedure
- Library9000, for standard cells, standard I/O and ESD IP
- Memory9000, for SRAMs, register files, ROMs and CAMs
- IP9000, for a wide diversity of IP, including eDRAM/1TRAM, electrical-fuse, specialty I/O, mixed-signal/analog IP, non-volatile memory IP and high-speed PHY IP
- Soft-IP9000, for synthesizable IP based on an RTL implementation
TSMC works on Library/Memory/IP quality assessment with IP ecosystem partners according to the TSMC9000 requirements. There are seven assessments defined for hard IP, three of them for physical review, DFM compliance, and pre-silicon assessment of the design and are performed before test chip tape-outs. The pre-silicon assessment includes design kits and design margin reviews that are specific to a certain IP: two of them are typical and split lot silicon assessments which are related to test chip reports, and the others are IP Validation Center and volume production record. The IP Validation Center audits IP testing results by the TSMC test laboratory and all IP are monitored in volume production for issues.
Soft-IP9000, for synthesizable IP based on an RTL implementation, was created to extend TSMC9000 to cover Soft-IP. Based on the Soft-IP9000 requirements, two soft-IP quality assessments are done which include RTL code and physical implementation, and soft IP are monitored in volume production as well.
The purpose of TSMC9000 IP Tag Specification, an enhancement of VSIA's IP Tag Specification, is to offer better IP tracking records and enough information from customers' tape-out database. The IP tracking record is used for IP usage analysis to assist in planning future IP roadmap for next generation. The volume production record of IP usage summary is posted on TSMC-Online for customers' reference in IP selection. The TSMC9000 IP Tag Specification is long-time proven in wafer production and tracking. As an effort to continuously extend its OIP ecosystem to enable more innovation, TSMC enables open access to its TSMC9000 IP Tag Specification. Click the link or icon to download the Specification
Upon request, TSMC may provide the TSMC9000 IP Tag Utility to IP vendors for facilitating IP tagging tasks. Click the link to request the Utilities.