LOS GATOS, Calif. – April 23, 2007 – IC Manage today announced its Global Design Platform (GDP), the first data management solution to offer design assembly, derivative management, and real-‐time worldwide delivery. Utilizing the Perforce engine, IC Manage GDP also includes IT integration for hot backup, high availability, and disaster recovery for 24×7 enterprise availability, extending IC Manage’s existing high performance revision control, configuration management and multi-‐site collaboration capabilities.
IC Manage GDP is the only IC design management system with the following technology foundation:
- Transaction-‐based for real-‐time worldwide delivery
- Message queuing architecture with atomic transactions for performance and data reliability
- Streaming TCP for performance approaching wire speed across long latency networks
IC Manage GDP enables companies to efficiently manage, locate, assemble and reuse design data and IP across the enterprise during all phases of the design process. Its next generation architecture delivers superior performance, reliability, and scalability when compared with traditional data management systems based on 1980’s RCS technology.
IC Manage’s relational database and server side meta-‐data model provide a powerful query based solution to eliminate the problem of gathering and reporting information stored in globally dispersed client workspaces.
“A design team’s ability to collaborate efficiently across a global network throughout the design process is vital to meeting their project goals,” said Dean Drako, IC Manage’s president and chief executive officer. “With today’s dramatic increase in data volume, only a transaction-‐based approach with derivative tracking will let companies achieve around-‐ the-‐clock, high reliability, design collaboration efficiencies.”
Data Management Challenges
Because of increased data set sizes across multiple sites, IC designs now require significantly more infrastructure than conventional data management systems provide. Project management can be expected to make up 20 to 25 percent of design costs at 65 nm, almost double the costs at 90 nm.
With current methods, designers and design groups:
- Face lengthy tagging times, protracted check-‐in and check-‐out times
- Are unable to easily assemble and reuse existing components without complex Scripting
- Encounter corruption from glitches during data transfers over global networks, caused by file-‐by-‐file transfer operations
- Experience significant challenges sharing collateral when they use separate configuration management systems for hardware and software development
From a global design perspective, designs groups in different geographic regions face the following problems:
- Inability to handle large binary objects quickly
- Inability to efficiently combine data from multiple sites
- Designers (worldwide) can be locked out during back-‐ups
- Disaster recovery plan difficult to implement
IC Manage Global Design Platform: Efficient, Scalable, Multi-‐Site Design
IC Manage Global Design Platform is a reliable, scalable, high performance, multi-‐site design management system. It contains the following key capabilities: