Standard for integration of IP in System-on-Chip
IEEE 1685, "Standard for IP-XACT, Standard Structure for Packaging, Integrating and Re-Using IP Within Tool-Flows," describes an XML Schema for meta-data documenting Intellectual Property (IP) used in the development, implementation and verification of electronic systems and an Application Programming Interface (API) to provide tool access to the meta-data. This schema provides a standard method to document IP that is compatible with automated integration techniques. The API provides a standard method for linking tools into a System Development framework, enabling a more flexible, optimized development environment. Tools compliant with this standard will be able to interpret, configure, integrate and manipulate IP blocks that comply with the proposed IP meta-data description. The standard will be independent of any specific design process. It does not cover the behavioral characteristics of the IP.
IEEE 1685 takes the latest standard from SPIRIT/Accellera and provides a further level of work and ratification.
The first version was IEEE 1685-2009 which was approved on Dec 9th 2009 and published Feb 18th 2010