Re: Using 3rd Party IP Cores...

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This is like buying a used car, pricing is negotiable.
Cores are hard to sell and there are lots of sellers
and consultants.

Write a detailed proposal telling exactly what
your are  doing and what your willing to pay.
In your case the value to you is about
   $10 * 300 * 3 years = $9000.
So maybe offer $4500.
Request a compiled sim model and testbench
to evaluate the core.

Email it out, and you should get some responses.
Deal directly the author or his company
rather than resellers.

If they don't respond, or can't provide
a model and testbench, cross them off the list.
Like you say, you can always call NetChip instead.

       -- Mike Treseler

Re: Using 3rd Party IP Cores...
Take a look at Core Foundry.  They specialize in making FPGAs a less
expensive solution compared to an ASIC or ASSP.  That includes the licensing
and small quantities.

For example, they can stuff two independent OC48 performance monitors, and
do concatenated payload extraction, in the slowest speed grade 1C3 Cyclone
part.  Qty = 1, that part costs about $17.  A single channel ASSP might run
you $150 or more, times 2.  Plus you use less board space and power.

I've talked to them about licensing and they can work in a variety of ways.
One of interest was spreading the license "fee" out over some quantity of
parts.  This gets applied when parts are purchased, so there isn't any
up-front fee to burden an engineering budget.  It gets tacked onto the BOM
like any other component on the board.  The fee is qty dependent like any
other part, and expires after a predetermined total amount is paid.  You can
even buy out the license with a lump sum if desired.

There seem to be as many ways to license IP as their are vendors.

Good luck.

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