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SPIRIT Consortium

The SPIRIT Consortium is a group of vendors and users of electronic design automation (EDA) tools, defining standards for the exchange of SoC design information.[1] The standards defined so far are IP-XACT, an XML schema for vendor-neutral descriptions of design components, and SystemRDL, a language for describing registers in components.[2] In June 2009 it was announced that SPIRIT will merge with another EDA standards organization, Accellera.[3]


There are four levels of membership in the SPIRIT consortium. The Board of Directors (BoD) is the ruling body.[4] Current members are:

ARM Holdings
Cadence Design Systems
Freescale Semiconductor
LSI Corporation
Mentor Graphics
NXP Semiconductors
Texas Instruments

Contributing members perform the standardization work and donate time and effort to the production of new specifications.[5]

Reviewing member status is a free membership for companies. These get early access to specifications to facilitate a deep review round of each proposal before it goes public.[6]

Associate member status is similar to a reviewing membership but for academics and other not-for-profit organizations.[7]

External links

Spiritconsortium.org, the Spirit Consortium website


^ Schemas of The SPIRIT Consortium
^ Register description format gets 'Spirit' of standardization, Richard Goering, EE Times (05/21/2007 6:00 AM EDT)
^ "EDA Standards Organizations Accellera and The SPIRIT Consortium Announce Plans to Merge", press release, Accellera. June 11, 2009
^ Board of Directors
^ Contributing Members
^ Associate Members
^ Reviewing Members

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