Chip IP

Introducing a better way to license IP for SoCs.

The cost and effort of acquiring IP has traditionally been a huge barrier to building new SoCs. Before a prototype can be built, companies must search for viable IP, negotiate complex legal contracts with multiple vendors, and pay significant licensing fees. As a result, companies are discouraged from creating custom SoCs and IP vendors have a declining pool of potential clients.

DesignShare streamlines the process for everyone involved. We partner with leading vendors to provide the IP companies need to bring new chip designs to market—without the legal red-tape and upfront payment requirement.

What is

DesignShare provides efficient, pre-integrated solutions that make prototyping much more accessible to teams of all sizes.

With DesignShare, customers incorporate world-class IP into their prototypes without having to pay IP fees in advance.

Once chip designs are ready for mass production, customers pay for the IP.

Why IP vendors
join DesignShare

Boost sales funnel

Tap into the large and growing pool of companies building RISC‑V SoCs on the SiFive Freedom Platform.

Reducing cost of doing business

Lower business development, sales, and legal costs by providing IP on a standard platform. SiFive also manages all NREs and royalty collections.

Protect IP

Reduce IP theft and unreported usage. IP only goes out as finished chips. No GDSII or RTL leaves SiFive servers.

Prove IP quality on thousands of chips

Demonstrate and validate the robustness of your IP on production-quality silicon.

How DesignShare works for IP vendors

  • 01. Engagement

    Vendors integrate IP into the DesignShare platform.

    Vendors determine appropriate pricing.

  • 02. Prototyping

    SiFive builds custom prototype SoCs with IP in DesignShare.

    IP support can be offered as an add-on.

  • 03. Production

    SiFive delivers mass production chips.

    SiFive collects and pays NRE and royalties to all involved IP partners.

How customers benefit from DesignShare

  • 01. Build a viable product with risk-free IP

    Dramatically lower initial development costs and design with silicon-proven IP.

  • 02. Get clear, upfront pricing

    Production pricing is provided at the outset, with standard licensing terms that eliminate complex and costly negotiations.

  • 03. Partner with industry leaders

    SiFive has already partnered with leading IP vendors to provide IP blocks and tools needed to bring new designs to realization faster and cheaper.

DesignShare Partners