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Methodics Expands Korean Market through Partnership with NinePlusIT

Methodics Expands Korean Market through Partnership with NinePlusIT

Methodics Expands Korean Market through Partnership with NinePlusIT

Proven Sales and Support Channel for Electronic Design Technology to Provide on the Ground Services to IP Lifecycle Management Leader

SEOUL, South Korea --  October 12, 2017 – Methodics Inc, the leader in IP lifecycle management, storage optimization, and workspace acceleration solutions for complex System-on-Chip designs, today announced a partnership with NinePlusIT, a proven sales and support channel for electronic design tools in Korea. The partnership expands Methodics’ footprint into this key market, opening up opportunities in the growing Korean commercial, government and educational sectors for its collaborative design and data management solution.

NinePlusIT has a team of experienced sales and application engineering professionals skilled in the latest IC and PCB design technologies. The firm has represented Cadence Design Systems for the past eight years, providing front line support and training, as well as expanding the market for that company’s product lines. NinePlusIT also runs a successful EDA Training Academy in two locations that instructs electronic design professionals and engineering students on the latest technologies and methodologies for complex electronic design.

“Korea is an important market, and the design environments in many of the large companies there have exactly the characteristics and challenges that will benefit from our solutions. Having an experienced partner like NinePlusIT providing our front-line sales and support capabilities will enable us to provide more effective service to customers there. Their knowledge of the market combined with experience in electronic design tools and methodologies will make them an important part of how we grow in this region,” said Jerry Brocklehurst, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Methodics.

“We are pleased to be able to represent such an innovative and productivity-oriented offering from Methodics. We believe this technology can greatly improve how systems and IC design teams work together and improve the overall efficiency of their development process. Our team of sales and support people can make an immediate impact by helping our customers adopt a Methodics-based methodology,” said Luke Chan Park, CEO at NinePlusIT.

Methodics delivers state-of-the-art IP Lifecycle Management, Design Data Management, and Storage and Workspace optimization and acceleration tools for analog, digital, SoC, and software development design teams. Methodics' customers benefit from the products' ability to enable high-performance collaboration across multi-site and multi-geographic design teams. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has additional offices and representatives in the U.S., Europe, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea.  For more information, visit http://www.methodics.com

NinePlusIT is a leading distributor and supporter of advanced electronic design solutions in Korea. For more than 10 years it has provided sales, technical support and education services to customers of Cadence Design Systems, including supporting that company’s OrCAD® products, Allegro® products and Sigrity® line, as well as offering its unique IC university program. NineplusIT supports on-going engineering education in Korea and has held the national college, polytechnics and technical high school skills competition events for long-term training of engineers since 2011. The company has offices located in Seoul and Busan City in Korea. For more information, visit http://www.npit.co.kr or www.npacademy.co.kr

Methodics Introduces Next Generation Design Ecosystem Management Platform

Methodics Introduces Next Generation Design Ecosystem Management Platform

Percipient delivers cost and time to market savings to companies by delivering a platform that is able to track all aspects of design and development and report status on development from IP through system design.

San Francisco, CA June 19, 2017 – Methodics Inc, the leader in platform based design, storage optimization, and workspace acceleration solutions for complex System-on-Chip (SoC) designs, today announced Percipient, the industry’s first management platform for the enterprise design ecosystem that scales to very large designs and maintains fast performance. For the first time, design teams have a platform that is able to track all aspects of their design and development, and report status on development from IP through system design and integration.

As heightened competition drives semiconductor companies to innovate more quickly and deliver new products faster than ever to meet customer demands, companies must find ways to optimize how they develop and deliver products. Leading SoC companies are looking to capitalize on and allow for reuse of their extensive IP collections to quickly deliver new and derivative designs from products that have already been successfully produced. In order to achieve this, not only must the design process be abstracted through IP development, but other engineering systems and company infrastructure must be accounted for in being able to track status throughout the enterprise.

“While our competition are playing ‘catch-up’, the Percipient platform delivers revolutionary technology for IP lifecycle management to our customers." said Simon Butler, President and CEO at Methodics. " Gone are the days when it was good enough just to have a repository of IP for reuse. In order for companies to deliver designs on time and on budget, not only must IP lifecycle be managed, but the entire ecosystem. Percipient allows for the entire abstraction of the enterprise, including IP development, engineering systems, and company infrastructure.”

Expanding on Methodics’ existing design platforms, ProjectIC and VersIC, Percipient provides a platform that allows for data and meta data to be related between IP Lifecycle Management, engineering systems like requirements management, issue and defect management, and infrastructure performance. Design information can mined and reported “in context” to engineering tasks performed based on real time data.

“Many of our customers are struggling with the mountains of design data that need to be parsed to get real time information on the current state of development.” said Michael Munsey, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Accounts at Methodics. “To effectively understand current project status, real time data needs to be available to design teams. Percipient is the only management platform available today that allows abstraction of data across the entire design ecosystem that will allow companies to accurately report on project status and predict future development trends.”

Methodics will be demonstrating Percipient at DAC in Austin, Texas June 19 - 21, 2017. Customers should contact Methodics regarding availability and pricing.

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Methodics delivers state-of-the-art IP Lifecycle Management, Design Data Management, and Storage and Workspace optimization and acceleration tools for analog, digital, SoC, and software development design teams. Methodics' customers benefit from the products' ability to enable high-performance collaboration across multi-site and multi-geographic design teams. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has additional offices and representatives in the U.S., Europe, China, Taiwan, and Korea. For more information, visit http://www.methodics.com

Methodics Introduces Next Generation IP Lifecycle Management Platform

Methodics Introduces Next Generation IP Lifecycle Management Platform

ProjectIC 2.0 delivers cost and time to market savings to companies by enabling a platform based design methodology introducing efficiencies in how companies create and reuse designs in the product development process.

 

San Francisco, CA June 6, 2016 – Methodics Inc, a leader in platform based design, storage optimization, and workspace acceleration solutions for complex System-on-Chip (SoC) designs, today announced ProjectIC 2.0, a next generation IP Lifecycle Management Platform.  ProjectIC 2.0 will deliver efficiencies to SoC companies by enabling streamlined use of their IP resulting in cost of development savings and reduced time to market for their products.

As heightened competition drives semiconductor companies to innovate more quickly and deliver new products faster than ever to meet customer demands, companies must find ways to optimize how they develop and deliver products.  Leading SoC companies are looking to capitalize on and allow for reuse of their extensive IP collections to quickly deliver new and derivative designs from products that have already been successfully produced.

“While competitors are playing ‘catch-up’, this next major release of our flagship ProjectIC platform delivers revolutionary technology for IP lifecycle management to our customers. said Simon Butler, President and CEO at Methodics.  “Gone are the days when it was good enough just to have a repository of IP for reuse.  In order for companies to deliver designs on time and on budget, the entire IP lifecycle must be managed, and that requires automation in how new releases of IP are delivered and how IP are maintained in current work-in-process environments.”
ProjectIC 2.0 provides a continuous integration IP methodology allowing for SoC designs to ensure that they are always receiving the latest updates to IP being used. Since many of today’s IP’s are hierarchical, ProjectIC 2.0 also provides a hierarchical release mechanism for IP, further streamlining the IP reuse methodology.

“Many of our customers are adopting a platform based design methodology to streamline their engineering operations.” said Michael Munsey, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Accounts at Methodics.  “To enable this methodology, there must be an efficient and design centric central IP repository.  ProjectIC 2.0 is the only IP lifecycle management platform available today with the advanced features to ensure that all designs are being updated with the correct versions of the IP’s that they are using.”

Methodics will be demonstrating ProjectIC 2.0 at DAC in Austin, Texas June 6-8, 2016.  Customers should contact Methodics regarding availability and pricing.

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Methodics delivers state-of-the-art IP Lifecycle Management, Design Data Management, and Storage and Workspace optimization and acceleration tools for analog, digital, SoC, and software development design teams. Methodics' customers benefit from the products' ability to enable high-performance collaboration across multi-site and multi-geographic design teams. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has additional offices and representatives in the U.S., Europe, Israel, China, Taiwan, and Korea.  For more information, visit http://www.methodics.com

Methodics and Magillem Team Up to Deliver an Industry First IP Assembly Platform Based Development Environment

Methodics and Magillem Team Up to Deliver an Industry First IP Assembly Platform Based Development Environment

Solution to allow SoC design teams to deliver System-on-Chips faster and at reduced cost by simplifying the IP integration environment

San Francisco, CA May 19, 2016 – Methodics Inc, a leader in platform based design, storage optimization, and workspace acceleration solutions for complex System-on-Chip (SoC) designs, today announced a partnership with Magillem to deliver an innovative design environment linking best in class solutions to improve time to market and reduce cost of development for today’s increasingly more complex semiconductors.

As heightened competition drives semiconductor companies to innovate more quickly and deliver new products faster than ever to meet customer demands, companies must find ways to optimize how they develop and deliver products.  Leading SoC companies are looking to capitalize on and allow for reuse of their extensive IP collections to quickly deliver new and derivative designs from products that have already been successfully produced.

“Magillem is the recognized leader for Front-End Design software and tools to realize the design of complex systems and the consolidation of data by assembling existing IP.”  said Michael Munsey, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Accounts at Methodics.  “The ability to quickly and accurately assemble IP is critical to the success of platform based design. Magillem’s solutions allow the linking of design activities around a central IP-XACT database and integrations into EDA tool flows to provide a correct by construction SoC assembly environment.”

“Methodics delivers modern Design Data and IP Lifecycle Management solutions for analog, digital, and SoC design teams.” said Stéphane Guntz, VP of Engineering at Magillem.  “The joint solution offered by Methodics and Magillem guarantees completeness and accuracy of IP and systems information made available to the users. Early in the decision process, thanks to Methodics, system engineers will leverage the overall benefits of high level standardized description, as provided by IP Xact to maintain libraries of core platforms upon which to derive all new and derivative designs.”

Methodics and Magillem provide a fully synchronized environment, enabling a simple bidirectional update along the IP and system life cycle..  The environment ensures that the latest IP is always available and consistent and correct with the rest of the base platform.  SoC designs can then be quickly assembled and kept up to date with changes to the underlying IP, allowing for a seamless and error-free integration environment.

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Methodics delivers state-of-the-art IP Lifecycle Management, Design Data Management, and Storage and Workspace optimization and acceleration tools for analog, digital, SoC, and software development design teams. Methodics' customers benefit from the products' ability to enable high-performance collaboration across multi-site and multi-geographic design teams. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has additional offices and representatives in the U.S., Europe, Israel, China, Taiwan, and Korea.  For more information, visit http://www.methodics.com

Magillem has been the pioneer, since 2006, in software leveraging business content in top tier semi conductors and embedded systems accounts worldwide. Magillem has been listed on Euronext Paris since 2009 (FR0010827741) and is trusted by numerous clients like Altera, Samsung, Qualcomm, NXP, ST Microelectronics, Texas Instruments, Thales, ..

Magillem has 48 employees, including 45 engineers and PhDs in Research & Development alone. It also has an office in Tokyo, 4 agencies in the United States (New York, Austin and the San Francisco Bay area) and 8 distributors in Asia and Israel.

Magillem is a member of Minalogic, Systematic and Cap Digital competitive business clusters, and in a joint research laboratory with French CEA List on the topic of smart objects.

 

Methodics Expands Worldwide Sales Team to Meet Strategic Initiatives

Methodics Expands Worldwide Sales Team to Meet Strategic Initiatives

EDA Veteran Michael Munsey Joins Methodics as VP of Strategic Accounts and Business Development

San Francisco, CA May 3, 2016 – Methodics Inc, a leader in IP and data management and storage optimization and workspace acceleration solutions for complex System-on-Chip designs, is pleased to announce and welcome Michael Munsey as Vice President of Strategic Accounts and Business Development.  Michael will be responsible for developing new business opportunities and establishing win-win relationships with key strategic customers and partners.

“We are very excited to welcome Michael to Methodics. Michael’s experience at creating loyal satisfied customers, growing sales, and generating revenue in new markets is core to the strategic direction of Methodics,” said Jerry Brocklehurst, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing.  “Michael will be focused on growing business within our core semiconductor market as well as an expansion into key vertical markets that include our new WarpStor NAS optimization and workspace accelerator product. Michael’s strong winning attitude and personality are assets that will complement and enhance Methodics’ ability to meet the needs of our customers as we continue to provide quality, innovative products to the marketplace.”

Prior to joining Methodics, Michael was Senior Director of Strategy and Product Marketing for semiconductors, software life cycle management, and IoT at Dassault Systemes.  Along with strategic initiatives, he was responsible for business development, partnerships, and cross-industry initiatives such as automotive electronics, and M&A in the above areas.

Michael began his career with IBM as an ASIC designer and, over the past 25 years in the EDA and semiconductor industries, has held various senior and executive-level positions in marketing, sales, and business development.  He was a member of the founding teams for two EDA companies, and also worked for established companies including Cadence, VIEWLogic, and Tanner EDA.  Michael received his BSEE from Tufts University and his Masters in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University.    

Methodics Reports Record Results for 2015

Methodics Reports Record Results for 2015

Company Experiences 100% Growth Across U.S., Asia/Pacific, and EMEA Regions

San Francisco, CA February 8, 2016 – Methodics Inc, a leader in IP and data management and storage optimization and workspace acceleration solutions for complex System-on-Chip designs, today reported a record year-over-year doubling of revenue for 2015 over 2014. The rise in revenue is due to increased adoption by many new customers and an expansion within the existing customer base. 

“2015 was Methodics’ most successful year ever, with year-over-year growth of 100% versus 2014, and 60% of that growth as a result of displacing competitor products.  This continued success is the result of our commitment to making the best, most innovative products for data and IP management, and it’s a testament to the tremendous execution of our teams,” said Simon Butler, President and CEO. “As we head into 2016, we have our strongest product lineup yet, along with an impressive line-up of technology and sales channel partners and a larger direct sales team.”

Methodics was founded in 2007.  Over the past nine years, Methodics has been profitable since inception and has experienced steady revenue growth entirely through sales without the need for any outside funding.

In 2015, Methodics saw:

  • 100% year-over-year growth in sales from customers in all regions, including the U.S., Asia/Pacific, and EMEA,
  • 100% retention of existing customers and significant expansion in those accounts,
  • 60% of the growth attributable to displacing competitor products,
  • The signing of a technology and reseller partnership agreement with Perforce in June, 2015,
  • The signing of a representative agreement with Bedrock Technologies to expand the U.S. sales channel, also in June, 2015,
  • The introduction of an evolutionary new product, WarpStor, a content-aware Network Attached Storage and engineering workspace optimizer and accelerator,
  • Major new releases of its flagship products, VersIC for analog/mixed-signal design data management, and ProjectIC as a platform for both digital and analog IP management, and
  • Most recently in January, the addition of David DePaula as Director of Sales in EMEA, and SangHo Park as Technical Sales Director in South Korea.

“Over this past year, we’ve helped a number of big customers develop and refine their IP reuse strategies by transitioning them from competitors’ tools and onto the combination of ProjectIC and VersIC.  In side-by-side benchmarks, they have found our solution very compelling to meeting their design and IP reuse initiatives.  We look forward to continuing this success in 2016.  The introduction of our WarpStor product brings even more value to the table,” concluded Simon.

Methodics Company Profile:Methodics delivers state-of-the-art semiconductor Design Data Management, IP Lifecycle Management, and Storage optimization and workspace acceleration tools for analog, digital, SoC, and software development design teams. Methodics' customers benefit from the products' ability to enable high-performance collaboration across multi-site and multi-geographic design teams. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has additional offices and representatives in the U.S., Europe, Israel, China, Taiwan, and Korea.

Methodics Expands International Sales Channels to Meet Growing Worldwide Demand

Methodics Expands International Sales Channels to Meet Growing Worldwide Demand

Industry Veterans David DePaula and SangHo Park Join Methodics

San Francisco, CA January 20, 2016 – Methodics Inc, a leader in IP and data management and storage optimization and workspace acceleration solutions for complex System-on-Chip designs, today announced the expansion of its international sales organization with the additions of David DePaula as Director of Sales, EMEA, and SangHo Park, Technical Sales Director, South Korea.

“As semiconductor design gets ever more complex, IP reuse is becoming a mandate for most companies, and we’ve seen an explosion in our growth in 2015, both within the U.S. and internationally,” said Jerry Brocklehurst, VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “To help meet this demand and to better support our international customers, we are pleased to announce the addition of two industry veterans to our sales team – David DePaula and SangHo Park.  Their experience and relationships will be essential as we enter an exciting new phase of growth in 2016 and beyond.”

David was instrumental in developing the sales of Synchronicity/Dassault Systemes in Europe from 2005 to 2012, and joins Methodics with 18 years of sales and business development experience in the semiconductor industry, including 15 years selling EDA and enterprise software.  Over the past 4 years, David was VP of Worldwide Sales at Magillem, helping customers address their IP reuse needs in the areas of SoC assembly and documentation.  David will be representing Methodics in EMEA through his company Accel’R Consulting while he will pursue his mission with Magillem.

Formerly a VP of the Semiconductor Business Unit of Daouincube, SangHo brings over 20 years Electronic Design Automation (EDA), IC, and SoC design, customer support, and sales experience to his new role.  In addition, he spent several years as the country manager for Zenasis Technology, and his background includes technical support for customers on a wide range of EDA tools including Cadence, Synopsys, Verplex, Cadabra, Monterey, OpenSilicon, Atoptech, and others.  SangHo has a B.S. in Electronics from SunChunHyung University in Korea.

“Given the discussions I’ve had with customers on the topics of ‘IP reuse’ and ‘data management’ over the past several years, I feel Methodics provides the best analog and digital DM management and IP reuse solution for my Magillem customers and for the SoC and IC marketplace in general.  I’m very excited to be representing Methodics as we head into 2016,” said David.

Methodics Company Profile

Methodics delivers state-of-the-art semiconductor Design Data Management, IP Lifecycle Management, and Storage optimization and workspace acceleration tools for analog, digital, SoC, and software development design teams. Methodics' customers benefit from the products' ability to enable high-performance collaboration across multi-site and multi-geographic design teams. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has additional offices and representatives in the U.S., Europe, Israel, China, Taiwan, and Korea.

Perforce and Methodics Integrate Solutions to Deliver Highly Scalable IP Lifecycle Management

Perforce and Methodics Integrate Solutions to Deliver Highly Scalable IP Lifecycle Management

Version Management Pioneer and IP Management Leader Partner to Support Rapid, High-Volume IP Management

ALAMEDA, Calif. and SAN FRANCISCO (June 8, 2015) – Perforce Software and Methodics, Inc. today announced the integration of the Perforce Helixsource code management (SCM) and collaboration platform with Methodics’ ProjectIC IP Lifecycle Management software. The partnership helps companies scale their systems to handle high levels of automation and ensures that teams using Methodics are working with the latest version of any asset.

Methodics offers advanced Intellectual Property (IP) qualification, distribution, cataloging and workspace optimization and management for companies creating analog and digital systems-on-chips (SoCs). It allows designers full visibility into enterprise IP resources and the corresponding data available to them, regardless of where they are located. Helix Versioning Engine is the industry’s most secure and scalable versioning system. It supports globally dispersed teams with their choice of distributed (DVCS) or centralized workflows. It features unparalleled security and IP protection for any type of SoC-related asset—from CAD/EDA designs to databases and documents.

“The semiconductor/IP industry has seen a huge increase in not only the size of files but the average number of files in a project as well. On top of that, the design and development processes themselves generate gigabytes of data each day,” said Jerry Brocklehurst, vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Methodics. “All of these factors put additional stress on data management systems and increase complexity. We’ve partnered with Perforce so we can offer our customers a highly scalable integrated solution that addresses these demands.”

Helix is infinitely scalable and ensures that regardless of the type or size of a file, users can access the latest version, its entire change history and the relationships to other files. Helix Threat Detection is the last line of defense for IP with powerful behavioral analytics and rich interactive forensics.

“Large multinationals and small specialized IP design companies alike are dealing with the same complexity challenges while striving to reduce costs and improve efficiency,” said Dave Robertson, vice president of Channels at Perforce. “Methodics’ ProjectIC combined with Helix provides a sophisticated asset management solution that does just that while protecting a company’s most valuable IP.”

Methodics joins an expanding community of Perforce resellers and integration partners across the globe.

About Perforce Software

Perforce Software helps companies build complex products more collaboratively and securely. Its highly scalable source code management (SCM) and collaboration platform, Perforce Helix, enables global teams to collaborate on any type or size of file. It supports both centralized and distributed (DVCS) workflows while safeguarding intellectual property with advanced behavioral analytics. Perforce is trusted by the world’s most innovative brands including adidas, Samsung, NVIDIA, Intuit, Pixar, Salesforce, EA, Ubisoft and VMware. The company is headquartered in Alameda, California, with offices in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, and sales partners around the globe. For more information, please visit www.perforce.com

About Methodics

Methodics delivers state-of-the-art semiconductor data management (DM) and IP management solutions for analog, digital, software development, and SoC design teams. The integration of its products with industry-standard DM solutions, such as Perforce and Subversion, makes designs more efficient, predictable and with higher quality. Advanced IP qualification, distribution, cataloging, and workspace optimization and management ensure that no matter where designers are located, they have full visibility into the IP available to them and can easily access the corresponding data. Methodics’ clients for analog and digital designers integrate natively to make DM seamless to users. Its highly scalable and industry-proven solutions are ideal for large multinational, multisite design teams as well as small specialized IP design teams. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has offices and representatives in the U.S., Europe, Israel, Taiwan, and Korea. For more information, visit www.methodics.com

Media Contacts

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Perforce Software
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Methodics, Inc.
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Methodics Partners with Bedrock Technology to Expand U.S. Sales Channel

Methodics Partners with Bedrock Technology to Expand U.S. Sales Channel

New Partnership Builds Upon Methodics’ and Bedrock’s On-going Commitment to Meet Customer Needs

San Francisco, CA June 2, 2015 – Methodics Inc, a leader in IP management solutions for complex System-on-Chip designs, today announced the expansion of its global sales organization with the addition of Bedrock Technology Partners as a new Reseller partner with IT and network infrastructure expertise covering the U.S.

“As semiconductor design becomes increasingly more complex, companies need a much more efficient way to deal with the explosion in design data that corresponds with these designs. Given our recent announcement of WarpStorTM, a content-aware, network attached storage (NAS) optimizer and accelerator, Bedrock Technology Partners is ideally suited to help us bring this technology to market,” said Jerry Brocklehurst, VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, “With their expertise in the IT and network infrastructure marketplace, Bedrock will help us build upon our commitment to meet our customers ever-changing needs.  We are very pleased to announce this new partnership.”

In the U.S., Bedrock Technology Partners has offices in both southern and northern California, in Georgia, and in North Carolina, and partnerships with a broad range of well-recognized hardware and software vendors. This new partnership expands Methodics sales team while, at the same time, broadens the Bedrock Technology Partners portfolio.

“Our technical and sales teams are excited about the Methodics solution and the immediate interest we’ve had with our clients. Methodics commitment to the channel and their ability to innovate were key factors in our agreement to partner,” said Tom Holt VP Sales Bedrock Technology Partners. 

“We are very excited to be partnered with Methodics. We believe their technologies in the areas of IP management, regression acceleration and I/O optimization are game-changers and will provide great value to our clients in the semiconductor and software spaces,” said Dr. Ravi Poddar, CTO at Bedrock Technology Partners.

Company Profiles:

Methodics delivers state-of-the-art semiconductor Design Data Management and IP Lifecycle Management software tools for analog, digital, SoC, and software development design teams. Methodics' customers benefit from the products' ability to enable collaboration across multi-site and multi-geographic design teams. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has offices and representatives in the U.S., Europe, Israel, Taiwan, and Korea.

Bedrock Technology Partners is an international company that is able to provide technology solutions to the largest global companies in the world. We provide business solutions solving business problems through our engineering expertise including data center operations, network, compute, storage, virtualization and hybrid cloud solutions. Bedrock takes these technologies and creates leading edge solution in security, software defined networking, and DevOps. Bedrock has offices in Northern and Southern California, North Carolina, Georgia, Bangalore and Pune, India. For more information, visit www.bedrock-tech.com

Methodics Unveils WarpStor - Revolutionary Storage and Design Workspace Optimizer/Accelerator

Methodics Unveils WarpStor - Revolutionary Storage and Design Workspace Optimizer/Accelerator

WarpStor Drastically Reduces Storage Requirements, IO Bandwidth, and Creation Time for Engineering Workspaces

San Francisco, CA May 27, 2015 – Methodics Inc, a leader in IP management solutions for complex System-on-Chip designs, today announced its latest innovation – WarpStorTM, a content-aware, network attached storage (NAS) optimizer and accelerator as a complement to ProjectICTM, Methodics’ IP management platform.  By leveraging ProjectIC’s unique abstraction model that provides for smart data management, WarpStor allows large design teams to create multiple workspaces across multiple geographies in seconds and, at the same time, reduce storage and IO bandwidth requirements by as much as 90%.  This translates directly to big savings in both engineering time and in network storage costs.

“There is a data explosion in today’s complex design world.  In fact, according to a recent report by IBM, more than 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last 2 years,” said Peter Theunis, Methodics’ CTO.  “It’s not uncommon for some of our biggest customers to have 10, 50, or even 100GB client workspaces.  We are introducing WarpStor in direct response to their need for a reduction in network disk storage and IO bandwidth costs and to reduce the time required to get their worldwide engineering teams up and running quickly each day.”

User workspaces are built by WarpStor as fully functional ‘Clones’ from an existing master. These clones start off close to zero-size, but to the OS, the contained files appear like any others on disk. The cloning is transparent to all users, the OS, and applications that operate on these files.

As users or applications modify files in this workspace, WarpStor makes the actual files available in the workspace instantaneously using ‘Copy-On-Write’ technology. Unlike other systems, WarpStor optimizes user workspaces at create-time.

“To make installation and deployment easy for our customers, we have architected WarpStor so that it does not require any kernel level changes on client machines.  Nor does it require any post-processing like some data-deduplication technologies.  In short, WarpStor works with your current storage, your current IT infrastructure, and your current IT policies, and can be viewed as a seamless way to radically reduce your expensive storage requirements for all design and test related workspaces,” said Simon Butler, Co-Founder and CEO of Methodics.

Salient Features:

  • Storage Optimizer for user workspaces, regression runs, characterization etc.
  • Create 100+ GB workspaces in seconds
  • Works seamlessly with NFS and eliminates bottlenecks.
  • Technology agnostic - works with NetApp, EMC, Fujitsu, Dell, and others
  • No kernel patches needed. Client machines can run your standard Linux.
  • Leverage your existing backup strategy and IT infrastructure

Methodics' company profile:

Methodics delivers state-of-the-art semiconductor Design Data Management and IP Lifecycle Management software tools for analog, digital, SoC, and software development design teams. Methodics' customers benefit from the products' ability to enable collaboration across multi-site and multi-geographic design teams. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has offices and representatives in Europe, Israel, Taiwan, and Korea.

indie Semiconductor selects Methodics as Next Generation IP Management Solution

indie Semiconductor selects Methodics as Next Generation IP Management Solution

ProjectIC and VersIC Deliver Advanced Capabilities to Accelerate SoC Development and Enable IP Reuse

San Francisco, CA February 25, 2015 – To better position itself to meet the growing challenges and opportunities of SoC design, indie Semiconductor has selected the Methodics ProjectIC and VersIC product bundle as its next generation Data Management and IP Lifecycle Management solution for its analog/mixed signal and system on chip (SoC) engineering groups.

“indie Semiconductor selected the Methodics IP Management solution after an extended evaluation that included competing tools”, said Andrew Kemp, EDA and Methodologies Manager at indie Semiconductor. “The native, industry-standard Subversion support together with the flexible and open technical discussions we had with the Methodics development team gave us confidence that this was the correct solution for indie Semiconductor and the start of a long-term partnership.”

According to the indie Semiconductor team, the Methodics solution replaces an older, and no longer competitive system at indie Semiconductor.  Methodics delivers:

  • A proven next-generation IP data management platform, leveraging industry standards and open APIs to provide flexibility and confidence in handling the requirements of ever-increasing chip data volumes, and
     
  •  Demonstrated ‘best-in-class’ data management for analog/mixed signal designers in the Cadence Virtuoso environment.

Methodics is uniquely equipped to solve indie’s SoC expanding data volume and design challenges,” said Christian Burisch, Director of EMEA for Methodics. “We are working directly with indie’s Edinburgh-based methodology team to accelerate their ability to coordinate IP reuse across global design teams.” 

With the decision to switch to Methodics, indie is readying itself to better meet the demands of its customers.  Methodics' software solutions will ensure that indie can continue to be successful while moving toward an intensive design reuse model, meeting faster time-to-market goals, and maintaining its emphasis on reliability in its designs.

“As system-on-chip (SoC) designs get ever more complex and grow in size, the amount of design data grows exponentially.  This creates both challenges and opportunities”, said Simon Butler, Co-Founder and CEO of Methodics.  “The challenges come in the form of managing large sets of data files and keeping all the data – schematics, layouts, simulations, etc. - in synch across multiple groups and geographic sites so that successful, on-time tape-outs are assured.  At the same time, this explosion in data is driving an opportunity for semiconductor companies to become more efficient and create new designs faster by seeking ways to re-use existing IP blocks in new SoC designs.” 

Indie company profile:

indie Semiconductor is a fast-growing, mixed-signal semiconductor design and manufacturing company. indie designs and manufactures custom microcontroller-based chips which integrate functions for sensing, processing, controlling and communicating into a single device. Previously known as AyDeeKay, the company has multiple designs in production and million-plus sales volumes, and is headquartered in California. indie has a significant design team in its Edinburgh, Scotland office.

Contact: http://www.indiesemi.com

Methodics' company profile:

Methodics delivers state-of-the-art semiconductor Design Data Management and IP Lifecycle Management software tools for analog, digital, and SoC design teams. Methodics' customers benefit from the products' ability to enable collaboration across multi-site and multi-geographic design teams. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has offices and representatives in Europe, Israel, Taiwan, and Korea.

Contact: http://www.methodics.com

Methodics Unveils Industry First Complete Verification Management System For Analog Design

Methodics Unveils Industry First Complete Verification Management System For Analog Design

Analog Verification Flow provides unmatched control, communications and efficiency within Cadence environment, complements company’s industry-leading digital management systems

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- February 26, 2013 -- Methodics, Inc., the leading provider of integrated solutions used in managing design data and semiconductor intellectual property (IP), today announced its Analog Verification Flow™, a robust and comprehensive design data management system specifically for complex Analog IC design. The flow works seamlessly within the popular Virtuoso® design environment from Cadence Design Systems and provides unmatched control and efficiency for engineers and management.

The new system is being featured at Methodics’ exhibit at DVCon 2013, in booth #605.

The Analog Verification Flow is the industry’s first test, regression and release methodology specifically for analog designers. It is based on a methodology that has been proven over many years in the digital RTL/DV space and is now optimized to deliver the full power of advanced verification management to the analog space.

With the systems’ VersIC™ Verification feature, designers can launch scripted tests right from Cadence Virtuoso design environment - port checks, abutment checks, DRC, LVS etc. Users and managers can also track a history of test activity. The flow is designed to facilitate seamless communication between team members as well as between designers and managers. The integrated release methodology provides even more efficiency for top-level integrators, making integration runs painless and streamlined.

“Analog design has long been seen as a bit of an ad hoc process and now we are adding new levels of efficiency and structure to the methodology, which is critical as these designs become more complex and design teams more disparate,” said Simon Butler, CEO of Methodics. “We are applying many of the same principles which have made our system so popular in the digital world to the needs of analog designers and the result is new levels of automation and productivity for this area.”

EVOLVE™ platform and ProjectIC™ also showcased

Methodics will also demonstrate its EVOLVE Digital Design Management platform at DVCon. This platform, now integrated with the Methodics offerings following last year’s acquisition of Missing Link Tools, is the industry’s only comprehensive design management solution for RTL and DV teams - providing a SQL based test, regression, release, test-planning and coverage management flow that is successfully deployed at many tier-one design companies.

For further management of design data in SoC design, Methodics will be demonstrating the latest release of its ProjectIC IP management flow. This well-proven system delivers IP cataloging, workspace management, IP event notifications and integrated quality controlled release flows for a comprehensive solution to handling both internal and external IPs across the enterprise.

About Methodics, Inc.
Methodics, Inc. is a leading provider of design data management (DM) tools that improve the efficiency and collaboration of integrated circuit (IC) design. Its ProjectIC™ system is the first integrated platform for IP Management and SoC Assembly, reducing the time, complexity and costs involved in IP-based design approaches. Its VersIC™ DM tools integrate industry-standard software configuration management (SCM) tools, such as the Perforce® and Subversion® version control systems into the hardware design environment to provide a more efficient global collaboration experience. The privately held company has offices in the USA, Europe and Asia. For further information, visit www.methodics.com.

Methodics Acquires Missing Link Tools To Expand Platform for Advanced SoC Design and IP Quality Management Solutions

Methodics Acquires Missing Link Tools To Expand Platform for Advanced SoC Design and IP Quality Management Solutions

Popular EVOLVE™ regression testing, debug and release management environment for digital design complements DM leader’s custom chip ProjectIC™ platform

San Francisco, Calif. – May 31, 2012 – Methodics, Inc., the leading provider of integrated solutions used in managing design data and semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for complex IC design, today announced it has acquired Missing Link Tools, LLC. Missing Link Tools (MLT) provides a frontend tool-suite to manage digital design and verification. These tools plug into the ProjectIC™ design data management system from Methodics. The resulting combination offers a complete solution for the task of managing analog and digital IP and assembling SoC designs. Terms of the acquisition were not announced. Missing Link Tools’ founders will join Methodics effective immediately.

Missing Link Tools’ EVOLVE™ solution has gained popularity with design and verification teams for its ability to manage the huge volumes of digital design data. MLT’s customers have seen savings of multiple months on their schedules and ROI’s in excess of 15X compared to manual approaches typically used for the tasks the tools automate. EVOLVE provides an Agile framework for build, test, and regressions, all in a central database. Teams can effortlessly recreate failures, triage large regressions, and swap design workspaces. The semiconductor-specific continuous integration release server enables seamless cross-geography collaboration. With cross-vendor coverage support and collection, EVOLVE offers a way to report and manage coverage across testbenches, across time and across design snapshots.

“The addition of Missing Link Tools’ technology, which is used by some very well-known companies, greatly extends our vision for providing a unified platform for managing SoC design. This simplifies a complex effort and ensures IP quality throughout the entire IC design process,” said Simon Butler, founder and president of Methodics. “The combination of Methodics’ ProjectIC and VersIC™ products, along with MLT’s EVOLVE tool gives Methodics the industry’s only complete solution for analog and digital SoC development. VersIC offers the best performing analog design DM methodology. EVOLVE manages the digital flow with centralized release and test management. ProjectIC unifies the complete flow and integrates with all modern version control tools. Together, the tools cover the entire IC project providing a comprehensive IP development cockpit. It means chips tape out on time, and gives full product lifecycle visibility to the management team.”

“This is a true combination of strengths and a synergistic approach to addressing the major challenges involved with how complex IC projects are managed,” said Eric Peers, founder and president of Missing Link Tools. “With EVOLVE, we enable our customers to tape out on time. We’ve been looking for a partner on the analog side for a long time. When we saw how VersIC seamlessly manages analog design data we knew we had found the right fit. By integrating into the Methodics toolchain, handoffs all the way from architecture to final LVS/DRC can now be managed in one central location. Every step is tested, qualified, and tracked. Methodics has dashboarding, reporting, configuration management and IP portfolio management with ProjectIC. Complicated dependencies, bug tracking, release management for distributed teams – it’s all handled seamlessly and easily. Methodics has done a great job with this tool flow and now it’s getting even better with EVOLVE.“

About Methodics, Inc.
Methodics, Inc. is a leading provider of design data management (DM) tools that improve the efficiency and collaboration of integrated circuit (IC) design. Its ProjectIC™ system is the first integrated platform for managing SoC realization, reducing the time, complexity and costs involved in IP-based design approaches. Its VersIC™ DM tools integrate industry-standard software configuration management (SCM) tools, such as the Perforce® and Subversion® version control systems into the hardware design environment to provide a more efficient global collaboration experience. The privately held company has offices in the USA, Europe and Asia. For further information, visit www.methodics.com.

 

Methodics announces support for Synopsys' Galaxy Custom Designer implementation solution

Methodics announces support for Synopsys' Galaxy Custom Designer implementation solution

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – March 13, 2012 – Methodics, Inc., a leading provider of integrated solutions used in managing design data and semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for complex IC design, today announced its VersIC™ platform is now integrated with the Synopsys Galaxy Custom Designer solution for cell-based and custom IC designs. The integration provides IC designers with a robust design data management foundation to use within the Synopsys custom IC design environment, enabling greater efficiency, predictability and quality in how design data is generated, used and tracked in complex multi-team IC design projects.

“The integration of Methodics data management solution with Galaxy Custom Designer further expands the ecosystem of our custom implementation solution and provides more tool choices for our customers,” said Farhad Hayat, senior director, product marketing at Synopsys. “Custom Designer’s robust ecosystem of partners provides add-on functionality that improves custom design productivity for our mutual customers.”

Through the integration, the Methodics platform provides a comprehensive, unified and reliable Design Data Management (DM) experience directly in the Synopsys design environment, which is built on an open architecture supporting interoperable process design kits (iPDKs) from leading foundries. With Methodics’ design management and centralized control features, Synopsys libraries, OpenAccess design databases, SPICE netlists, Verilog netlists, TCL scripts, software, documentation and other design assets can be versioned, configured and released on one platform with a single point of release.
“We are committed to working with all popular EDA environments, and we have seen strong demand for a robust design management solution for Synopsys tools. The integration of the Methodics capabilities to version and manage a wide variety of IP with Synopsys’ Custom Designer implementation solution will improve productivity and streamline the overall process of delivering a working IC to tapeout,” Simon Butler, CEO of Methodics, said.
The VersIC solution has a flexible architecture that allows designers to use their configuration management (CM) tool of choice, including the latest versions of Subversion and Perforce. The Methodics platform also provides optional "DM-Driven" plug-in modules which extend the DM integration to other important parts of a complex IC design methodology. Available modules include ReviewIC™ for design reviews in a multisite environment, MergeIC™ to enable visual Diff/Merge on a schematic or layout and BuildIC™ which implements continuous integration tools in a Synopsys Galaxy Implementation Platform-based IC design environment.

About Methodics, Inc.
Methodics, Inc. is a leading provider of design data management (DM) tools that improve the efficiency and collaboration of integrated circuit (IC) design. Its IP Developer™ and SoC Integrator™ systems are components in the first integrated platform for managing SoC realization, reducing the time, complexity and costs involved in IP-based design approaches. Its VersIC™ DM tools integrate industry-standard software configuration management tools, such as the Perforce® and Subversion® version control systems into the hardware design environment to provide a more efficient global collaboration experience. The privately held company has offices in the USA, Europe and Asia. For further information, visit www.methodics.com.

Methodics Announces Support for Latest Release of Subversion Version Control System to Enable More Efficient IC Design

Methodics Announces Support for Latest Release of Subversion Version Control System to Enable More Efficient IC Design

Version 1.7 of popular CM tool brings more performance and enhances distributed use model for large IC design projects

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – February 8, 2012 – Methodics, Inc., the leading provider of integrated solutions used in managing design data and semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for complex IC design, today announced that its suite of SoC development tools supports the latest release of the popular Subversion® version control system. The integration provides development teams with an efficient way to manage the hardware and software aspects of large, complex ICs. The Subversion 1.7 release, developed by the Subversion open-source community, is the most complete ever and includes a number of performance improvements, enhancements to both the client and server features, and changes that improve a distributed use model.

The Methodics suite of design data and IP management tools work synergistically with the Subversion platform to manage how a wide range of design data is used, tracked, debugged and archived. The integration of release 1.7 further allows IC designers to fully exploit the features and capabilities of Subversion to see faster and more efficient results for collaborative design methodologies.

“There is a large base of users of the Methodics SoC DM solution that also uses Subversion. The improvements in the latest release of Subversion will make the methodology that the tools enable together to operate even more efficiently, both from a performance standpoint as well as in how disparate design teams can collaborate on projects,” Simon Butler, CEO of Methodics, said. “SoC design is becoming increasingly more like a software development process, and the combination of Methodics’ expertise in IC design and Subversion’s track record of improving software development results in a solution ideally suited for today’s highly integrated SoCs.”

New features, better performance in Subversion 1.7
• HTTPv2 – a new HTTP protocol variant designed to enhance performance between Subversion clients and the server
• A new in-memory caching system for FSFS repository backends
• A range of features that improve its ability to show "diffs," including a new option that is similar to git
• Network compression – a protocol for avoiding CPU bottlenecks on the compression side
• Working copy meta-data cached in a client-side SQLlite database

The modular Methodics architecture allows the addition of tools for managing the design data in a variety of ways, creating a sophisticated collaborative work environment that meets the growing need for communication between multiple sites and design teams, and enables visual comparison and implementation of design changes. Using such industry-standard tools as Subversion 1.7 as the configuration management (CM) database ensures that design data is never locked into a proprietary system, and also makes the entire CM companion tools ecosystem available to facilitate user-specific IP and release methodologies.

About Methodics, Inc.
Methodics, Inc. is a leading provider of design data management (DM) tools that improve the efficiency and collaboration of integrated circuit (IC) design. Its IP Developer™ and SoC Integrator™ systems are components in the first integrated platform for managing SoC realization, reducing the time, complexity and costs involved in IP-based design approaches. Its VersIC™ DM tools integrate industry-standard software configuration management tools, such as the Perforce® and Subversion® version control systems into the hardware design environment to provide a more efficient global collaboration experience. The privately held company has offices in the USA, Europe and Asia. For further information, visit www.methodics.com.

For more information, contact:
Lucien Pinto
(415) 354-5726
lucien@methodics.com

Mike Sottak
(408) 876-4418
mike@wiredislandpr.com

 

Methodics awarded rightful domain name in decision by WIPO

Methodics awarded rightful domain name in decision by WIPO

Cyber interlopers forced to hand over www.methodics.com to SoC data management leader

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – November 28, 2011 – Methodics, Inc., the leading provider of integrated solutions used in managing design data and semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for complex IC design, today announced that the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has ruled in its favor in a dispute involving the domain www.methodics.com. The rights to the domain have now been turned over to Methodics, and the company will begin using it for its primary web site and email address protocol immediately.

The WIPO decision stated: "The Panel determines that Complainant has established that Respondent registered and has used the disputed domain name in bad faith within the meaning of the Policy, and that the disputed domain name should be transferred to Complainant."

The previous owner of the domain was given ten days to relinquish the domain, an order with which they complied.

Methodics had sought the rights to the name following a series of malicious and misleading posts on the domain address by the previous owner, which indicated the company was no longer in business and directed visitors to a competitor’s web site.

“We are satisfied and vindicated that the issue has been resolved in a fair way and we no longer have to deal with this silly distraction,” said Simon Butler, CEO of Methodics. “Our focus remains on providing the most complete and automated way for IC designers to manage the volume and complexity of the design data required to develop complex chips. We look forward to using our rightful domain name as a platform to keep our customers and the rest of the industry informed about our progress.”

About Methodics, Inc.
Methodics, Inc. is a leading provider of design data management (DM) tools that improve the efficiency and collaboration of integrated circuit (IC) design. Its SoC Development Platform tools provide the first integrated system for managing SoC realization, reducing the time, complexity and costs involved in IP-based design approaches. Its VersIC™ DM tools integrate industry-standard software configuration management (SCM) tools, such as the Perforce® and Subversion® version control systems into the hardware design environment to provide a more efficient global collaboration experience. The privately held company has offices in the USA, Europe and Asia. For further information, visit www.methodics.com.

For more information, contact:
Mike Williams
(415) 354-5726
mike.williams@methodics-da.com

Mike Sottak
(408) 876-4418
mike@wiredislandpr.com

Methodics Enters IC Design Market in Japan With Its SoC Design Data and IP Management Platforms

Methodics Enters IC Design Market in Japan With Its SoC Design Data and IP Management Platforms

Integrated platform for SoC design management to be demonstrated at Japan’s premier trade show, EDS Fair

San Francisco, Calif. – October 31, 2011 – Methodics, Inc., the leading provider of integrated solutions used in managing design data and semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for complex IC design, will ramp up its presence in Japan next month when it showcases its design platform at the EDS Fair event in Yokohama, November 16-18.

Methodics will demonstrate the time- and cost-saving benefits of its integrated SoC Integrator and Designer tools, a collaborative solution for engineers and managers for managing design data, tracking project activity and delivering project IP. Component IP usage is tracked across the enterprise by project or use, facilitating IP audits and IP reuse analysis. Communications between IP owners and consumers is formalized for easy defect tracking and project management. An accompanying client tool works as an SoC assembly engine for the system, developing accurate and useful Bills of Materials (BOMs) specifically for IP-based design projects.

Methodics will also showcase its flagship product, VersIC, a robust and high-performance design data management system for the Cadence Design Systems custom IC design environment. It provides a single control point to manage versioning, configuration and release information for all critical design assets across multiple locations. With VersIC, design teams can easily integrate with popular configuration management tools such as Perforce and Subversion.

Methodics will be in Booth ECA 009 and will also give an in-depth presentation of its offerings on Thursday, November 17 at Noon in the exhibition presentation area.

“Japan is a critical market for any company in the IC design tool business and we see a large opportunity to help improve the efficiency with which designers there go about managing their IP and design data in the SoC era. With our approach, designers and their management can track and analyze their use of IP and other design data in an intuitive way that streamlines the development process. Our system is well-suited for multi-location, multi-team projects that are common in Japanese electronics companies,” said Simon Butler, president and CEO of Methodics. “We are looking forward to being at the EDS Fair, which is the premier event for people involved with IC design, and using it as a launch pad to break into the Japanese market.”

About Methodics, Inc.
Methodics, Inc. is a leading provider of design data management (DM) tools that improve the efficiency and collaboration of integrated circuit (IC) design. Its SoC Development Platform tools provide the first integrated system for managing SoC realization, reducing the time, complexity and costs involved in IP-based design approaches. Its VersIC™ DM tools integrate industry-standard software configuration management (SCM) tools, such as the Perforce® and Subversion® version control systems into the hardware design environment to provide a more efficient global collaboration experience. The privately held company has offices in the USA, Europe and Asia. For further information, visit www.methodics-da.com.

For more information, contact:
Mike Williams
(415) 354-5726
Mike.williams@methodics-da.com

Mike Sottak
(408) 876-4418
mike@wiredislandpr.com

Methodics expands global sales organization to meet growing demand for IP and design data management solutions

Methodics expands global sales organization to meet growing demand for IP and design data management solutions

Industry veterans Sadeghi and Steptoe join DM innovator to drive growth in North America, Europe

San Francisco, Calif. – September 19, 2011 – Methodics, Inc., the leading provider of integrated solutions used in managing design data and semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for complex IC design, today announced the expansion of its global sales organization with the addition of two chip industry veterans in North America and Europe. Joining Methodics in its US headquarters is Ali Sadeghi, while Kevin Steptoe will manage the company’s European sales and services operations.

“As IC design, and in particular system-on-chip (SoC) development, becomes increasingly complex, engineers and their management need much more efficient ways to deal with challenges such as tracking design revisions, managing legacy design data, and collaborating across disparate design groups. We have seen a significant increase in interest for our solution for integrating with traditional DM solutions like Perforce, Subversion and others at the back end, as well as from digital designers looking for a better way to manage IP and HDL-based designs,” said Simon Butler, president and CEO of Methodics. “We are pleased to have Ali and Kevin on board to help meet that demand and accelerate the adoption of our solutions at system companies, fabless houses and other companies involved in complex IC design. Their experience and relationships will be essential as we enter this exciting new phase of growth”

Sadeghi brings more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. His background includes business development and project management roles with several leading ASIC COT providers and IP developers. He has also worked as a product and test engineer at National Semiconductor and AMD, and as a director of engineering at VLSI Technology, where he was in charge of ASIC developments and prototype debug. He has a B.S. in electrical engineering, with an additional degree in material science from UC Davis.
Steptoe brings an extensive European sales and business development background to Methodics. He has held executive positions at some of the most significant names in EDA, including Cadence Design Systems, Chronologic Simulation, Avant, Pulsic Ltd., and Magma Design Automation. Outside of EDA Steptoe has also served in engineering positions at The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and British Telecomm (BT). Previously he held tenure teaching at University College London (UCL) until 1998. He has over twenty five published works. Steptoe holds a BSc. Degree in electronic engineering from the University of Essex and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

About Methodics, Inc.
Methodics, Inc. is a leading provider of design data management (DM) tools that improve the efficiency and collaboration of integrated circuit (IC) design. Its ProjectIC™ system is the first integrated platform for managing SoC realization, reducing the time, complexity and costs involved in IP-based design approaches. Its VersIC™ DM tools integrate industry-standard software configuration management (SCM) tools, such as the Perforce® and Subversion® version control systems into the hardware design environment to provide a more efficient global collaboration experience. The privately held company has offices in the USA, Europe and Asia. For further information, visit www.methodics-da.com.

For more information, contact:
Mike Sottak
(408) 876-4418
mike@wiredislandpr.com

 

Methodics unveils next generation SoC Development Platform™ to improve consistency, efficiency, quality of SoC realization methodologies

Methodics unveils next generation SoC Development Platform™ to improve consistency, efficiency, quality of SoC realization methodologies

Latest release of ProjectIC™ enterprise SoC portal incorporates new capabilities to manage, assemble and integrate IP

in complex IC design environments; New client module streamlines workspace IP and BOM management

San Diego, Calif. – June 6, 2011 – Targeting the escalating design data and IP management issues related to advanced system on chip (SoC) design, Methodics LLC, today announced the latest version of its SoC Management Platform solution. The standards-based solution, which is easily integrated into IC design environments, is geared toward improving both enterprise-level collaboration and management, while also increasing individual productivity and efficiency when dealing with the complexity of modern SoC design methodologies and IP use. The result is higher quality SoC design, lower development and infrastructure/IT costs, and more efficient use of design resources.

The platform includes a new version of the company’s ProjectIC SoC portal for enterprise level visibility and control across designs. Also included is a continuous build capability for managing IP verification and promotion, as well as performance enhancements to expedite data updates. A new client module, the BuildIC IP integration engine, assembles design workspaces based on a Bill of Materials (BOM), updating and sharing among engineers and multi-site design groups.

"The EDA and IP industries have done a great job of automating and improving efficiency of SoC design tasks. But the overwhelming challenge of managing the associated data and processes involved is threatening to undermine all that progress. IC design is one of the last frontiers in terms of enterprise information management, and product development from the executive level is a black hole as far as visibility and predictability. Methodics looks to have a practical approach to providing much needed information access, control and coordination for managers and engineers, which will allow companies to realize the true potential of SoC design," said Jim Hogan, noted semiconductor industry expert.

"The dirty little secret of the advanced SoC design methodologies being enabled by EDA and IP vendors is the tremendous amount of data management and project coordination challenges they introduce. Engineers and their management alike are buried by an avalanche of information, data, and IP management issues that outdated DDM, proprietary solutions and retrofitted software development systems simply cannot address," said Simon Butler, CEO of Methodics. "With the latest release of our SoC Management Platform, we have taken a holistic and SoC-centric approach to improving efficiency and visibility and encouraging best practices at both the enterprise and workspace levels. Our solution provides a virtual dashboard to manage critical information such as IP availability, revisions and usage; cataloging and BOM’s; and group-level coordination and analysis of important design and tool data."

ProjectIC for enterprise information management

ProjectIC debuted at last year’s Design Automation Conference and won accolades for its project-level management capabilities. It provides a unified system for managing design data, tracking project activity and delivering project IP to remote design sites. Libraries can be maintained globally and component IP’s are tracked across the enterprise giving better visibility on how IP is being used. Project data can be sourced from multiple repositories with different DM systems (Perforce, Subversion, ClearCase and Git supported today).

The new release features several enhancements, including the ability to harvest meta-information on IP, storing and displaying it for easy analysis. For example power, speed, timing and other information can be measured and registered in the ProjectIC SQL database and reports generated showing the state (or quality) of individual IP components or across the entire SoC .

Other enhancements include an enhanced Jira/Trac defect tracking interface for managing defects across the SoC BOM. Tickets can be listed, filtered and updated from a command line client or the BuildIC GUI and, in the case of Jira/Perforce, the p4jobs integration allows for easy consolidation of defects and changelists. ProjectIC also includes a new Hudson continuous build integration for IP verification and promotion which ensures the quality of individual IP’s can be tracked in ProjectIC and automatically rolled for integration at the SoC level.

BuildIC improves performance, efficiency of IP management

Within ProjectIC, BuildIC is a high-performance IP integration engine that allows development teams to compile, organize and integrate IP workspaces. BuildIC is a multi-threaded application that can assemble SoC workspaces in parallel across a compute farm, expediting the delivery of IP to user locations. It improves performance time to access data updates by orders of magnitude, even for remote design centers. It is particularly useful for multi-site design environments to help track IP use and revisions, ensuring consistent data is used project-wide.

With BuildIC, workspaces can be created in seconds, independent of size. Best practices are encouraged through project templates and associated constructor rules, and the system optimizes workspace creation and management based on context. BuildIC utilizes best practices for optimizing access time, disk utilization and network traffic.

Users can fetch a specific BOM as defined in the catalog, and they can upload the state of their workspace to the catalog as a new BOM. Team members can compare their workspace to any BOM in the catalog so they can decide if the changes are right for their needs. BuildIC automatically tracks IP usage ensuring IP users will be notified if a problem is discovered.

BuildIC includes both a rich command line client and an intuitive GUI to accommodate both software and hardware-centric design environments. From the command line all aspects of the project can be interrogated and reported; release labels, branches and tags can be created with no expert knowledge of the target DM system required and Jira/Trac/Bugzilla tickets can be listed, filtered and closed automatically as part of a IP release. In the GUI users can see the state of their SoC integration with color-coded IP tabs and BOM’s. Users may browse defects by IP or by project.

DAC – Booth 2921
Methodics is showing its new ProjectIC SoC Management Platform including the ProjectIC SoC Portal and the BuildIC SoC Integration Engine, as well as its VersIC tools and modules, in its booth (#2921) at the Design Automation Conference at the San Diego Convention Center, California.

About Methodics LLC
Methodics is a leading provider of design data management (DM) tools for integrated circuits. Methodics’ SoC Management Platform integrates industry-standard software configuration management (SCM) tools, such as the Perforce® and Subversion® version control systems into the hardware design environment, along with enterprise and client-level modules that leverage the platform to provide a higher, more efficient global collaboration experience. The privately held company has offices in the USA, Europe and Asia. For further information, visit www.methodics-da.com.

For more information, contact:

Mike Williams
(415) 354-5726
mike.williams@methodics-da.com

Mike Sottak
(408) 876-4418
mike@wiredislandpr.com

ZMDI Uses Methodics SoC Design Data Management Platform™ to Manage Complexity and IP Integration for Advanced Power Management SoCs

ZMDI Uses Methodics SoC Design Data Management Platform™ to Manage Complexity and IP Integration for Advanced Power Management SoCs

BuildIC SoC Integration Engine Facilitates Efficient Mixed-signal IP Use and Design Data Management

San Diego, Calif. – June 6, 2011 – At the Design Automation Conference (DAC) here today, Methodics LLC, a leading developer of design data management tools for integrated circuit (ICs), announced that leading semiconductor manufacturer ZMDI (Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG) has used its data management technology to integrate more than fifty mixed-signal IP blocks in its next generation power management SoC's. Using Methodics' BuildIC™ SoC Integration Engine, ZMDI was able to compile, organize and integrate information contained in each of its individual designers’ workspaces in minutes, facilitating the development of innovative energy efficient analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for the automotive, mobile medical, industrial automation, and consumer markets. The result is a significant reduction in overall development time, and a higher quality SoC design.

As part of the ProjectIC™ SoC Management Platform BuildIC uses a project bill of materials, or SoC manifest, to simplify multi-site data management, expedite the delivery of IP to user workspaces and to track IP usage as part of the SoC integration process

"By using an advanced design data management system, ZMDI is able to accelerate the development of the industry’s most modern mixed-signal systems-on-chips. To maintain a leading position the management of internal and external IP and its associated meta data has become critical to performance, accuracy and speed of an IC itself, as well as meeting demanding development schedules," said Achim Graupner, manager of Methodology and Design Automation at ZMDI. "Methodics was able to enhance the performance and efficiency of our design data management tasks by orders of magnitudes over the solution we had been using, delivering the IP in a fully functional and ready to use environment."

DAC – Booth 2921
Methodics is showing its ProjectIC SoC Management Platform including the ProjectIC SoC Portal and the BuildIC SoC Integration Engine, as well as its VersIC tools and modules, in its booth (#2921) at the Design Automation Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. For more information on the Conference, visit www.dac.com.

About Methodics LLC
Methodics is a leading provider of design data management (DM) tools for integrated circuits. Methodics’ VersIC DM tools integrate industry-standard software configuration management (SCM) tools, such as the Perforce® and Subversion® version control systems into the hardware design environment, along with "DM-Driven” modules that leverage the platform to provide a higher, more efficient global collaboration experience. The privately held company has offices in the USA, Europe and Asia. For further information, visit www.methodics-da.com.

About ZMDI
Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI) is a semiconductor company focused on energy efficiency. The company is a leading supplier of innovative, highly precise, robust and cost-efficient analog and mixed-signal semiconductors which allow for a maximum of energy efficiency and environmental protection in the automotive, mobile medical, industrial automation, and consumer markets. The company designs and markets application-specific standard products (ASSPs) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) which are known for their robust, cost-effective performance in demanding environments characterized by high temperature, high voltage and the need for ultra-low power.
Headquartered in Dresden, Germany, ZMDI has 280 employees worldwide and serves customers from its offices in Dresden, Stuttgart, Germany; Milan, Italy; Pocatello, ID, Melville, NY, USA; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, Korea and Taipei, Taiwan. ZMDI has design centers in Dresden, Stuttgart and Munich, Germany; Varna, Bulgaria and Madison, Wisconsin. See more at www.zmdi.com.

For more information, contact:

Mike Williams
(415) 354-5726
mike.williams@methodics-da.com

Mike Sottak
(408) 876-4418
mike@wiredislandpr.com