This standard describes an eXtensible Markup Language (XML) schema1 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 IP meta-data description. The standard is based on version 1.4 IP-XACT of The SPIRIT Consortium. The standard is independent of any specific design processes. It does not cover those behavioral characteristics of the IP that are not relevant to integration.