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Why wont MIL-SOC capability happen if industry is left to its own devices and the military approaches the issue as simple customer-vendor relationship?
The major classes of industrial player in the semiconductor industry are summarized above, with examples of companies listed that represent each class.
The third-party IP category is a new, small industry today and attempts to sell predesigned blocks (cores, interfaces, memories, etc.) directly to system design companies. Arguably, it represents a transition state and is unlikely to remain a separate unaffiliated industrial segment in the long term. A significant industry-driven standards effort (e.g. the Virtual Socket Initiative Association, or VSIA) has been established over the past two years and is geared towards empowering this independent class of design activity but it seems to floundering.
Such standards are very important to the industry, albeit only for delivery of IP to design service companies or to foundries.