Design & IP Management – GDP & GDP-XL2019-08-13T18:50:22-07:00

IC Manage Global Design Platform

IP Reuse Best Practices

Design & IP Management — GDP & GDP-XL

IC Manage Global Design Platform (GDP, GDP-XL) is the semiconductor industry’s most advanced, design & IP management system.

The system’s extreme high performance, rock-solid reliability and security, scalability, and flexibility enables company development teams to accelerate their world-wide design and verification collaboration. It enables efficient design data exchange between project managers, IP owners, chip designers, and verification teams — regardless of their location.

ICM GDP and GDP-XL are the culmination of of nearly two decades of continuous development. We’ve worked with the vast majority of semiconductor companies, ranging from startups to multi-billion dollar enterprises.

Both are available in three editions: on-premise, pure cloud & hybrid.

GDP-XL brings the following additional features to GDP:

  • Customizable schemas by project or component — supplemented by  easy-to-use, extendable  templates based on industry best practices
  • Support for centralized, distributed  and hybrid development models
  • Web user interface and REST API

Design teams spend a quarter of their time managing design and IP logistics. GDP and GDP-XL improves designer efficiency and team collaboration by letting them dynamically track, control and distribute library, bug, IP, and IC/SOC/FPGA design data, including configurations and properties. All data authorized for sharing is rapidly accessible worldwide and secured.

Both GDP and GDP-XL have IT infrastructure integration for global scalability, storage management, high availability, disaster recovery, and back-up integration.

High Performance:
Local & Remote Sites

Design &
IP Reuse


Manage Bug

Multi-site Collaboration

IC Manage GDP-XL allows tracking and viewing of what design modules different designers have checked out. It offers easy branching and merging capability, including the full project history of files or data types. Design teams find prior working versions, then restore the design to a prior working version. GDP-XL offers a unique near real-time content delivery mechanism as part of its multi-site design collaboration support. It manages the bi-directional change management between ‘parent and child’, and can automatically detect and propagate the appropriate content for any workspace in a highly reliable and maintenance-free manner.

IP Reuse and Logistics Management

Making an organization’s intellectual property available for reuse by all its design teams is critical for competitiveness. IC Manage GDP-XL lets development teams rapidly publish and integrate their IP into existing flows, and trace bugs and dependencies. The system allows close collaboration between project managers, IP owners, chip designers, and verification teams.  More on IP Reuse>>

Managing Bug Dependencies

GDP is tightly linked with bug tracking systems, such as JIRA or Bugzilla. This integration ensures that all bugs and bug fixes associate with each design element or IP block are automatically recorded in both the bug tracking system, and in GDP. Chip designers can use GDP to manage bugs and their interdependencies in a bi-directional manner. The IP changes associated with the bug fixes can be viewed in the bug tracking system, and the bug history can be viewed in the IP central repository. This allows design teams to identify bugs, trace bug dependencies and propagated fixes with across all versions and designs throughout the enterprise. Chip designers can be automatically notified of new bugs that are


GDP is a unified system for hardware and software design. It manages revisions of all data types, including binary data, RTL, software, and EDA databases. IC Manage’s hardware design solution is built on Perforce, a leading industry standard SCM, so hardware and software developers can follow a unified development model for all data types. Design teams can push or pull common data, to any site with no delay. Actions can be executed via a GUI or a command line interface.

Cadence Virtuoso Integration

IC Manage’s built-in design data management reduces designer overhead, and maximizes productivity. GDP’s advanced Design Data Management capabilities within Cadence Virtuoso’s familiar user interface offers:

  • IP integration and reuse
  • Version control
  • Configuration and derivative management
  • Design data hand-offs
  • Integrated bug traceability

Custom IC Designers have transparent access to:

  • Complete version and icon-based state notification
  • Fully hierarchical library and cell views
  • Property file auto-check-in/check-out and revision history

GDP-XL SmartEdge for 10X faster Remote Site Performance

GDP-XL SmartEdge delivers 10X faster remote site performance and scalability. The technology enhances IC Manage’s strong support for globally-distributed design teams and continuous integration to reduce development time.

To accelerate delivery of quality products, globally-distributed design and verification teams are utilizing continuous integration. As part of this practice, it is vital to keep the development teams at the remote sites up-to-date with the latest design changes. However, performance delays caused by network latency and bandwidth limits to the remote sites can affect agility of the teams to respond, especially given the large data sets associated with leading edge designs. Such delays cost businesses valuable time and money.

Remote users get an order of magnitude performance improvement in completing design management tasks such as syncing to the latest version, editing a file, reverting a change, and integrating changes back into the main design. This time reduction also helps avoid conflicts when exclusive edits are required. Designers can now integrate their changes much faster, and the team can launch quality products faster.

Your scalability increases dramatically and additional growth is better accommodated due to the distributed nature of edge computing. GDP Smart Edge reduces the designer workspace metadata transmission to GDP central server, thus reducing WAN and the main server load by as much as 98%.


GDP & GDP-XL have the highest capacity and scalability in the industry – enough to solve your entire IC design data challenges. The system can handle multiple terabyte data sets, hundreds of millions of files, and unlimited revisions needed for today’s complex designs, without performance degradation.


Streaming data operations complete in seconds not hours. The message queuing TCP architecture has high performance over networks, particularly over long latency setups like the Internet. Bandwidth usage is minimized by ensuring only one copy of each version is sent over the WAN.

Proven Reliability

IC Manage GDP and GDP-XL implement advanced database reliability features that are commonly found in enterprise databases. The systems have proven reliability without data corruption; they are ACID compliant, guaranteeing the database transactions are processed reliably.

IC Manage GDP-XL: Hybrid Version Control with Git API

GDP-XL brings hybrid version control to your design and IP management, combining the benefits of both centralized and git distributed workflows, without any of the drawbacks of either one.

The architectural combination supports ideal development environment for all SoC & IP design constituencies: software developers, digital & analog designers, CAD managers & IT engineers.

GDP-XL’s hybrid version control’s capabilities facilitate an agile workflow, enabling development teams to share changes more frequently, and work more efficiently, with a modern development model.