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Systems design has been around for decades and has been enabled by the widespread use of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools that help manage the process of starting with an idea then tracking details through the end of life.  Our own semiconductor industry caught hold of the PLM concepts first from the mechanical CAD companies looking for new markets, so they really focused on "part" management and some design process data.  

Today, as design nodes get smaller and smaller, the associated data sets are exploding and companies are adopting IP reuse strategies to remain profitable by leveraging their existing assets. This means big incentives to integrate a PLM tool at the system level along with a semiconductor IP Lifecycle Management (IPLM) tool, creating a coherent process across the entire product lifecycle.

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