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PLM systems help businesses run their entire operation by creating an environment where all product data and metadata can be organized, accessed, and analyzed.  Historically, PLM systems came from mechanical CAD companies and were intended to combine part management and design process information, a relatively static environment.

In contrast, semiconductor design is a highly dynamic, iterative process that requires instantaneous access to quickly evolving data.  In order to meet time-to-market demands and confront the exponentially growing costs of semiconductor fabrication, companies have adopted intellectual property (IP) reuse to streamline semiconductor development.  By assembling designs made up of existing IP, they can reduce the time of development, and maximize the investment in the development of these IP blocks.

To enable this IP-reuse design methodology, companies must have an IP lifecycle management (IPLM) system that understands the highly dynamic nature of semiconductor development environment in addition to a more traditional PLM system.

By combining a best-in-class PLM system with a best-in-class IPLM system, a “digital thread” can be created that starts during product ideation and definition of requirements, and traces all the way through the semiconductor design process. It can then continue into manufacturing, and to sales and support, creating an environment where all the important information is interlinked and tracked.

In this way, requirements from the product ideation process can be linked to semiconductor IP, creating a traceable link that shows the specific product requirements that are met by that IP. During semiconductor verification, functional coverage results at the IP level can then be tracked and related back to the IP.  Companies that must achieve Functional Safety (FuSa) standards compliance, such as ISO26262 for the automotive Industry, can do so while, at the same time, reduce their costs by maximizing IP reuse and reduce time-to-market.

This white paper describes how a semiconductor company can benefit from using a best-in-class PLM solution integrated with a best-in-class IP management solution to achieve these goals.