Their challenges ranged from managing security across multiple operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and Mac, to managing engineering teams at remote sites, to audits, and government compliance. Additionally there were limitations with assigning directory-level permissions across multiple projects and geographies.
More than eight out of ten companies now have multiple design sites. Further, due to multiple factors, the majority of companies also have at least two different design and IP management systems. These factors result in growing interdependencies between teams.
To enable a reliable and productive design process, companies will need to further integrate their design and IP management technology and processes to achieve a global design view, while making local and remote sites equally efficient.
Internal reuse is being driven by a balance of top down directives and designer choice. 87 percent of organizations allow some modifications to IP. Only 19 percent allow designers to freely modify all the internal IP, while almost half of the organizations apply some mixture of policies, depending on the IP. 13 percent of organizations have a ‘do not touch’ IP reuse policy.
The most sought after features in a design and IP management system were revision history and traceability, followed by project management and status reporting. The second tier items were configuration management, bug dependency management, internal IP reuse support and multi-site performance and branching and merging.
Close to 70 percent of respondents cited security challenges with their company’s file-based access control system.
About IC Manage, Inc.
IC Manage provides high performance design data and IP management solutions for companies to efficiently complete designs across their global enterprises. Design teams using IC Manage improve product quality, designer productivity, and global collaboration, while maximizing their IP reuse. IC
Manage customers include Altera, AMD, Broadcom, CSR, Cypress, Entropic, Juniper, Maxim, MediaTek NVIDIA, Rambus, Samsung, Sandisk, Xilinx and other top semiconductor and systems companies. IC Manage is headquartered at 2105 South Bascom Ave., Suite 120, Campbell, CA. For more information visit us at www.icmanage.com.
Shiv Sikand, Vice President of Engineering, IC Manage
Shiv Sikand is founder and Vice President of Engineering at IC Manage, and has been instrumental in achieving its technology leadership in design and IP management for the past 11 years. Shiv has collaborated with semiconductor leaders such as Cypress, Broadcom, Maxim, NVIDIA, AMD, Altera, and Xilinx in deploying IC Manage’s infrastructure to enable enterprise-wide design methodologies for current and next generation process nodes.
Shiv has deep expertise in design and IP management, with a long history of developing innovative solutions in this field. He started in the mid 1990’s during the MIPS processor era at SGI, authoring the MIPS Circuit Checker before specializing on design management tools for a number of advanced startups, including Velio Communications and Matrix Semiconductor, before founding IC Manage in 2003.
Shiv received his BSc and MSc degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester. He did his postgraduate research in Computer Science also at Manchester University, where he worked on the AMULET team building the world’s first asynchronous ARM microprocessor with Prof. Steve Furber, the original inventor of the ARM.