The semiconductor industry is growing, especially as semiconductors are increasingly used in vehicles, particularly with the rise of autonomous driving.
Traditional system on chips (SoCs) remain critical in the semiconductor industry. Memory chips are expected to maintain the largest market share through 2022. And silicon chips will still dominate into the 2040s.
AI in particular is expected to contribute to growth in the semiconductor industry. PWC reports that the market for AI-related semiconductors will grow in revenue to more than $30 billion by 2022 at an annual growth rate of nearly 50%.
To set your semiconductor business up for success in the future, it will be critical to embrace new technology trends. We dig more into these trends in our blog, The Future of Semiconductors.
Challenges For Semiconductor Development
The complexity of system on chip (SoC) designs is outpacing the capabilities of systems engineering. That’s because of two trends:
- Increasing design complexity gives rise to increasing data size.
- Unforgiving market windows.
All of this together makes semiconductor development more challenging than ever before.
Each version of a semiconductor is even more complex than the previous version. And customer demands are intense. Everyone wants the latest product, which accelerates your timeline.
You can avoid these challenges by choosing the right semiconductor solutions for IP lifecycle management, IP security, traceability, and functional safety.
IP Lifecycle Management
Managing the complete IP lifecycle is critical in semiconductor development. Without IP lifecycle management, you’ll lack traceability and slow down development times. That’s why it’s important to effectively manage each stage of the IP lifecycle. Perforce improves IP lifecycle management with Methodics IPLM — a unique, comprehensive platform offering end-to-end traceability through each phase of the IP lifecycle.
- Methodics IP Lifecycle Management Solution
- Webinar: Best Practices For IP Lifecycle Management
- White Paper: Putting the “I” in IPLM
IP security is essential to protect your critical IP assets from all angles. Semiconductor IP leakage can lead to not only lost revenue, but also significant market setbacks and hefty compliance fines.
With the Perforce IP Security Solution, you can achieve enterprise-grade security for your IPs and SoCs:
- Manage access controls and permissions on your IP to prevent IP leakage.
- Identify and understand IP vulnerabilities and attack surfaces.
- Protect the provenance of your IP while collaborating securely with partners and vendors.
- Restrict IP availability in certain geographies, regardless of access, with IP Geofencing.
You can use our platform to connect design information throughout an enterprise — from origin to the delivery of the final design.
Establishing traceability is a major challenge in semiconductor development, yet it is critical for many organizations — and a must for those who need to prove compliance.
With semiconductor traceability solutions from Perforce, traceability is built-in. So you can achieve end-to-end traceability across the IP lifecycle, from requirements through design to verification.
You get a single source of truth, where every verification is collated and visible on the IPs and IP versions. And everyone who needs it can find complete, traceable information in one location.
In order to satisfy functional safety requirements in semiconductor design, you need to be able to provide verification traceability through evidence documentation. To do so requires the right tools.
With built-in traceability from requirements through design to verification and validation, Perforce semiconductor IP solutions make it easy to satisfy regulatory compliance and generate functional safety documentation – automatically.
Get Started With Perforce Semiconductor IP Solutions
Accelerate design and delivery, protect your IP, and achieve full traceability by choosing the right semiconductor solutions from Perforce. Talk to an IP expert today to get started.