Every semiconductor company and for that matter, every technology company constantly juggle a number of designs that are at different stages of development. To handle the numerous challenges, semiconductor companies in particular need to define a design workflow management system whose mechanisms adopt to a number of design and business models and can resolve the challenges of working on multiple designs from multiple locations.
Design collaboration (Figure 1) is the obvious but sometimes difficult given growing design complexity. Design teams and team members are located in different geographical regions and face complex design, data management and flow integration challenges. A tradeoff between schedule and quality is the major concern.
Figure 1: Design Collaboration
How do companies overcome these challenges? GUC has designed a workflow management system that may provide some insight into how to answer a number of these sticky questions.
On a strategic level, the GUC design workflow management system (WFM) is a ticket-driven design automation environment that consolidates design data version control management, technology & library management, flow/ticket packages, design task execution and design quality review into one integrated system. It automatically extracts the quality factors from EDA tool reports and evaluates the result through a series of pre-defined criteria for final design review.