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Hierarchical Design Management – A Must

Hierarchical Design Management – A Must
by Pawan Fangaria on 06-06-2013 at 8:30 pm

Considering the technological progress, economical pressure, increased outsourcing and IP re-use, semiconductor industry is one of the most challenged industry today. Very frequently products get outdated leading to new development cycles. It becomes very difficult and costly to build the whole scheme of data foundation… Read More


PinPoint in Practice

PinPoint in Practice
by Paul McLellan on 05-23-2013 at 10:40 pm

I talked with a mystery person earlier this week. I would love to tell you his (or her) name and the company he (or she) works for but they are the sort of company that doesn’t casually endorse any suppliers so it all has to remain anonymous. But they have been a customer of Pinpoint, originally from Tuscany Design Automation until… Read More


Design Data Management – Key Winning Strategy!

Design Data Management – Key Winning Strategy!
by Pawan Fangaria on 05-19-2013 at 9:30 pm

In a complex semiconductor market today, characterized by ever increasing design size and complexity, long design cycle, rapid technological advancement, intense competition, pricing pressure, small window of opportunity, development and cross-functional teams spread across the globe and multiple design partners including… Read More


Dassault DAC Assault

Dassault DAC Assault
by Paul McLellan on 05-19-2013 at 3:25 pm

Dassault Systèmes is not a company entirely new to DAC, but with the acquisition of Matrix One (which had already acquired DesignSync) a few years ago and Tuscany Design Automation’s PinPoint last year they now have a richer portfolio to support various aspects of electronic design. By the way, Dassault is a French company… Read More


A Brief History of Dassault Systèmes

A Brief History of Dassault Systèmes
by Paul McLellan on 05-07-2013 at 8:05 pm

Dassault Systèmes (DS) was created in 1981 when a small team of engineers were spun out of Dassault Aviation. They were developing software to design wind-tunnel models and so reduce the cycle time for wind-tunnel testing, using surface modeling in 3D instead. The company entered into a distribution agreement with IBM that same… Read More


Semiconductor PLM – Needs to be smart for techies

Semiconductor PLM – Needs to be smart for techies
by Pawan Fangaria on 04-18-2013 at 8:15 pm

During my long career in semiconductor, EDA, I have heard, believed and experienced that this is a knowledge industry swamped with rapid innovation and technology drivers; typical manufacturing product development processes like Gantt charts and others do not apply here. The fallback is that most of the time estimations are… Read More


DesignSync update from Dassault Systems at DAC

DesignSync update from Dassault Systems at DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-24-2012 at 8:10 pm

At DAC on Wednesday Rick Stanton of Dassault Systems gave me an update on what’s new with DesignSync, a design data management tool offered since 1998. Rick and I both worked at Viewlogic in the 90’s along with Dennis Harmon who then founded Synchronicity, later acquired by Dassault Systems.… Read More


IC Layout Design at Qualcomm

IC Layout Design at Qualcomm
by Daniel Payne on 03-31-2012 at 6:54 pm

I first met Betty Pokerwinski of Qualcomm at LinkedIn in the group called IC Layout Designers. I post frequently on LinkedIn and a blog article on an EDA tool called Visual Design Diff from ClioSoft created quite a discussion, enough so that I contacted Betty to learn more about her IC layout group at Qualcomm.

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Pinpoint: Getting Control of Design Data

Pinpoint: Getting Control of Design Data
by Paul McLellan on 02-20-2012 at 5:39 pm

Back in the Napoleonic era it was possible to manage a battle with very ad hoc methods. Sit on a horse on top of the highest hill and watch the battle unfold, send messengers out with instructions. By the First World War, never mind the second, that approach was hopelessly outdated and a much more structured way of managing a battle was… Read More