(Linley Group): With rising transistor budgets and the trend toward system-on-a-chip design, designing an entire complex ASIC or ASSP in house has become increasingly impractical. As a result, the market for licensed function blocks, known as intellectual property (IP), is growing rapidly. The most popular IP blocks are programmable processors such as CPUs and DSPs. As system designers place more emphasis on differentiation through sophisticated user interfaces, we have seen surging interest in graphics processor units (GPUs) as well. Full Article
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