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OCP-IP Publishes New “Intro to OCP” Book

Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP) announces the availability of a new OCP book titled “Introduction to Open Core Protocol: Fastpath to System-On-Chip Design.” The book provides a hands-on, how-to guide for semiconductor design. Its comprehensive Open Core Protocol introduction includes real “usage examples” not available in the full specification. It is a powerful training aid for university students, those just beginning to use the Open Core Protocol (OCP) socket in real-world design activities, and a valuable reference for experienced users.

The book introduces OCP not as a conventional hardware communications protocol, but as a meta-protocol: a means for describing and capturing the communications requirements of an IP core, and mapping them to a specific set of signals with known, standardized semantics. Readers learn the capabilities of OCP as a semiconductor hardware interface specification that enables different System-On-Chip (SoC) cores communication. The presented OCP methodology enables intellectual property designers to design core interfaces in standard ways. This facilitates reusing OCP-compliant cores within multiple SoC designs which, in turn, drastically reduces design times, support costs, and overall electronic/SoC costs.

The book was written by W. David Schwaderer, author of 10 previous technology-focused books and contains an OCP introduction as well as chapters on write operations, OCP signals and signal groups, burst extensions, timing diagrams, OCP Tags, threads, and debug.

It is available for purchase at both www.springer.com and www.amazon.com. For further details about the book, please see: http://www.springer.com/engineering/circuits+%26+systems/book/978-1-4614-0102-5?changeHeader.

For the latest information on OCP-IP, please see our free newsletter at http://www.ocpip.org/newsletters.php.

About OCP-IP

Formed in 2001, OCP-IP is a non-profit corporation promoting, supporting and delivering the only openly licensed, core-centric protocol comprehensively fulfilling integration requirements of heterogeneous multicore systems. The Open Core Protocol (OCP) facilitates IP core reusability and reduces design time, risk, and manufacturing costs for all SoC and electronic designs by providing a comprehensive supporting infrastructure. For additional background and membership information, visit www.OCPIP.org.

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