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Daniel Nenni

Staff member
Launch of New IP Portal Connects IP Consumers with IP Providers

San Francisco, CA, June 2, 2019 –, the open forum for semiconductor professionals and a leading online community of people involved with electronic devices and the semiconductor design ecosystem, today announced the launch of a new industry-wide portal to help IP consumers quickly and easily find the 3rd party IP they need to meet critical design schedules. SemiWiki chose Methodics IP Lifecycle Management (IPLM) solution, Percipient (TM), as the underlying platform to power and manage the portal.

“Methodics has been supplying IP Lifecycle Management solutions to both large and small semiconductor companies for many years and are on their third generation of Percipient based on the experience gained from working with those customers,” said Daniel Nenni, President and Founder of “One of the important goals in launching this new IP Portal is to quickly and easily connect IP Consumers with the IP Providers that can meet their needs, and to do it in a way that also helps meet FuSa traceability requirements all the way from provenance through the supply chain to chip delivery to the end customers. With Percipient, traceability is built-in and provides all the other capabilities needed for management of the IP design and usage lifecycle – an easy-to-use catalog and search capability, full hierarchical parent/child/branch tracking, the ability to connect design requirements with design data and verification results, realtime updates and notifications of those updates, when and where each IP is used, and more. These were ‘must-have’ capabilities for our portal.”

Percipient is a dynamic IP management system such that incremental design updates are readily available to users. Users can be notified when updates are available and then have the choice whether or not to install the updates. Through this process, version history is maintained which assures that traceability is also maintained. This is in contrast to tarball based solutions which are static in nature, causing version history of managed files to be broken and which also allows unmanaged files – which are inherently untraceable – to be introduced into the design process.

The IP Portal is launching with an initial set of IP Provider Partners and is planned to rapidly expand throughout the remainder of 2019. eSilicon, FlexLogix, Mentor, and others are among the first providers to be included.

eSilicon, one of the launch partners and a fabless semiconductor company founded in 2000 in San Jose, California, provides physical design, design for test insertion, traditional and 2.5D package design, product qualification, IP licensing, and manufacturing services for digital CMOS and finFET ASICs.

“eSilicon has found online portals to be an effective way to publish our IP capabilities,” said Mike Gianfagna, VP of Marketing at eSilicon. “We believe the combination of SemiWiki’s large user base and Methodics IP management capabilities will create a winning combination.”

“Given that Dan and the SemiWiki team have been so involved with the semiconductor design community over the years, they have been able to talk directly to tens of thousands of designers and engineering managers and, as a result, have recognized the need for such an important industry-changing resource. And since Percipient has been in use for many years at large semiconductor companies as a platform to help them meet their own internal IP reuse and traceability needs across hundreds of designers at multiple worldwide locations, it’s a natural extension of Percipient’s abilities to bring together and maintain continuity for IP reuse between 3rd party vendors and their customers all the way to the end user. We are proud to have been selected as the IPLM vendor of choice to power the SemiWiki IP Portal,”
said Simon Butler, CEO of Methodics.
# # #, the open forum for semiconductor professionals, is a leading online community of people involved with electronic devices and the semiconductor design and manufacturing ecosystem. Since going online January 1st, 2011, more than 3,000,000 users have been recorded at According to web analytics company, SemiWiki is the most engaging semiconductor design portal in the world.