Collaborative ecosystem for design reuse

In a globally competitive landscape, IP reuse and effective team collaboration play a crucial role in product success. For most SoCs, in order to tapeout with minimal risk within the tight schedules, it becomes necessary to leverage existing verified IPs. IP selection therefore becomes a critical choice. Most designers use third party IPs as they are qualified and are accompanied with technical support. But third party IP comes with a price tag. Companies now have to manage unauthorized usage of third party IPs, adherence to their licensing terms, track royalty and manage the overall cost impact of the IP on the SoC.

Internally developed IPs on the other hand, do not get visibility within the enterprise due to suspect quality issues, lack of technical support and the unavailability of an infrastructure to share IPs. The design knowledge and data unfortunately gets trapped within artificial silos in the company due to organizational structures or physical locations. There is also no incentive for the overworked designers to share and support internal IPs.

In addition to design reuse, with increased design complexity and a need to be tightly coupled with software teams, it also becomes necessary to have an ecosystem wherein hardware and software engineers can be in sync on a project, regardless of geographical boundaries. The ability to easily share information amongst themselves or discuss any issues while keeping other teams such as marketing, documentation, sales etc. abreast of any design updates plays a vital role in the success of a project.

An easy-to-use ecosystem where teams can collaborate efficiently and seamless share data securely and build a growing knowledgebase within the company becomes a need for companies to reduce development efforts and deliver on time in todays competitive landscape.

designHUB from ClioSoft provides a customizable ecosystem for collaborative development with built-in support for IP creation, management and reuse. Using designHUB, enterprises can list their available IPs – internal and third party - for designers to quickly find, compare, review and select the IP, which best meets their requirements. It provides companies with an innate ability to leverage internally developed IPs and build a knowledgebase around it to provide a support infrastructure for those using the IP. designHUB also helps design teams securely manage and track third party IP usage in adherence to their licensing agreements to ensure minimal liabilities to the company. Companies can easily set up flows to provide approvals for uploading and downloading IPs, specifications etc. and ensure secure access to confidential IPs.

Projects teams within a company can easily set up their project dashboards to document all project specifications, documents, IPs, and provide a forum for team members to communicate with each other regardless of their location and remain in sync. They can track the progress of the project and review open issues through built-in integrations to commonly used issue tracking systems. By creating a knowledgebase around the project, it provides companies with an online project diary, which can be leveraged upon as needed. Engineers can also search the knowledgebase to find answers to their queries about the IP used in the project, contact the IP development team for any help during integration, or review the discussions they had with the team members.

designHUB has a rich set of reports and analytics to provide an overview of the design progress and IP usage. It is built for high performance, customizability, security and robustness to meet the demanding requirements of SoC design teams.

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