SPIRIT Consortium

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The SPIRIT Consortium is a group of vendors and users of electronic design automation (EDA) tools, defining standards for the exchange of System-on-a-chip (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 would merge with another EDA standards organization, Accellera.[3] SPIRIT stood for "Structure for Packaging, Integrating and Re-using IP within Tool-flows".


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

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]


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