The complexity of today’s semiconductor devices rivals the complexities of systems design in other industries, and the semiconductor industry can learn a lot from the evolution of systems design. One of the advancements of the past two decades has been the adoption of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions to manage system designs from ideation through end of life. PLM systems help businesses run their entire operation by creating an environment where all product data and metadata can be organized, accessed, and analyzed. PLM systems allow information to be made available immediately and consumed in formats that make sense for each stakeholder. However, once the data is in the PLM system, it is generally stabilized and static in nature.
In contrast, semiconductor design is a highly dynamic, iterative process that requires instantaneous access to quickly evolving data. This data needs to be rapidly assembled and integrated into highly specialized design and verification tools. Traditional PLM systems are not designed to handle the "high velocity" nature of this changing data.
In order to get the best of both worlds, the ideal solution is for a best in class PLM solution to interface with a best in class semiconductor IP lifecycle management (IPLM) solution. Semiconductor companies can then reap the benefits of both an optimized semiconductor IP-Centric and IP-Reuse design methodology in conjunction with streamlined and cost-efficient business processes.