From: Michael McNamara (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jun 27 2002 - 16:26:16 PDT
I have answered this question in another forum, so I will repeat it
here (Question edited to be more general)
> Since the IEEE is the ultimate authority, or at least has been, on
> Verilog language standards (1364), my question to you is why the
> duplication of effort between Accellera and IEEE in this space?
> While I understand that Accellera was formed to "accelerate" the
> standards process, a noble and good process, its perceived current
> political digression is only slowing this overall process and
> ultimately retarding positive language progression.
There is no question: the IEEE owns fully and completely the copyright
on the Verilog Hardware Description Language. Accellera (and any
other group) has no rights over interpretation, correction,
elaboration of the standard.
That said, the IEEE's charter is that it welcomes input from any and
all parties. By that measure, Accellera is as welcome as is anyone
else to develop proposals for enhancement, and present them, on the
same basis as is anyone else, to the 1364 working group; and the
working group may accept such proposals wholly; in part; or not at
> I am interested in understanding your position on this matter.
When I am acting as the chair of the IEEE-1364 working group, I will
fulfill my marching orders. 1364 needs to deal with serious errata in
the current standard right now, and the working Group kicked off the
correction process yesterday by forming a Errata Task Force to go
through these important items and come to resolution of each one.
Once the Errata process is complete, which looks like October or
November, but may take longer, the IEEE 1364 Working Group will start
work on enhancements. Accellera is welcome to make proposals at that
time, as well as later; as can anyone else.
When I am acting as Accellera Board member, I will continue to work to
improve the process from what it is today, to one that is clear,
transparent, and equitable to all donors.
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