Increase IP Reuse and Reduce Re-spins

In today’s market, acceleration requires IP reuse. But without a centralized system to manage IP, hardware teams are left searching or recreating designs and software engineers end up tracking versions on a spreadsheet. These manual processes waste time and increase the risk of errors and unnecessary re-spins.

Helix IPLM (formerly Methodics IPLM) provides a scalable IP lifecycle management platform that tracks IP and its metadata across projects, providing end-to-end traceability and enabling effortless IP reuse. Learn more by connecting with an IP expert today.

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“We realized that we needed a system that helps us manage the IP we have today and supports best practices for IP reuse moving forward. [Helix IPLM] offered a powerful solution by providing us with a collaborative platform to perform IP reuse more efficiently and in a sustainable, scalable way.”

— Rick Stawicki, Executive Director, EDA Engineering, Maxim Integrated

IP-Centric Features Semiconductor Teams Need

Traceable IP Ecosystem

Helix IPLM provides an integrated IP catalog with powerful search and filtering capabilities. This allows designers to quickly and easily find the IP they need. And fine-grained permissions ensure they can only access the IP that is available to them.

Every aspect of the IP lifecycle is tracked and visible in Helix IPLM in easy-to-understand, configurable dashboards. Designers can see the projects the IP has been used in, any outstanding bugs, derivative designs, regression status, and much more.

IP Catalog

Rapid Workspace Creation

Workspaces are central to SoC integration. It’s the point where IP and the rest of the design come together. Helix IPLM's advanced IP and data caching infrastructure reduces workspace creation time from hours to seconds — and dramatically decreases data storage requirements. So designers have instant access to the files and data they need

Administrators can track IP usage and development across the enterprise. And comprehensive controls enable admins to determine the design files, IPs, tool configurations, machine resource allocation, and other infrastructure components available to team members.

IPLM Workspace

Hierarchical Bill of Materials

Helix IPLM provides a single source of truth for creating and managing your bill of materials (BoM). With a hierarchical BoM for hardware, software, and the platform, you get a complete view of the project, including all versions and dependencies. 

These versioned releases ensure quality through centralized management of IP integration rules and checkpoints. For example, you can define which range of hardware IP versions a software component is compatible with. So, if a hardware team upgrades, Helix IPLM will flag a compatibility mismatch.

Teams can even integrate planned and in-progress IPs in a Planning BoM to accelerate the design planning process and enable better build-or-buy decisions.

Hierarchical BoM

Customizable Dashboards

Data is key to making informed project decisions. Helix IPLM offers at-a-glance visibility of data through configurable dashboards, backed by a powerful data analytics platform. Default dashboard configurations are provided for common design tasks, such as IP qualification, IP release status, and IP usage information. And new widgets can easily be added through the user-friendly, visual widget editor.

Helix IPLM also includes a first-class RESTful API for custom dashboard development, including company specific reporting, industry compliance, or integration of existing corporate systems.

IPLM Dashboard

Release Automation

Helix IPLM automates the design release process, eliminating the risks associated with manually releasing a design. Hierarchical release mechanisms ensure that IP blocks are released in the correct order, based on design dependencies, for quality-driven release flows.

Helix IPLM also provides pre-release and post-release hooks and triggers to ensure no IPs are made available to others until they meet your organization's standards for IP Quality and maturity.

IPLM Rules Engine

Enterprise-Grade Security

Helix IPLM ensures the highest level of security to protect critical IP assets from every angle. Fine-grained user permissions allow you to control IP access. And with end-to-end traceability from requirements to release, you can easily track IP usage across your entire IP catalog — and quickly identify vulnerabilities in released ICs.

Violating technology export control laws can result in millions of dollars in fines, on top of lost revenue and market setbacks caused by IP leakage. IPLM’s Geofencing feature ensures compliance and prevents IP leakage by restricting IPs and metadata in prohibited locations, regardless of access permissions.


IP Mermissions

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IP Lifecycle Management

Helix IPLM tracks IP and its metadata across projects, providing end-to-end traceability. Teams can browse an enterprise-wide IP catalog, while keeping IP secure across the globe.

Design Data Management

Perforce Helix Core scales to manage all your IP and design data with global multi-site replication. You can secure millions of large files including including binaries, design files, IPs, and more.

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