“With each generation of design, the volume of design data and IP generated throughout the organization grows exponentially and the old way of managing that complexity simply doesn’t work anymore. 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. Methodics offered a powerful solution by providing use with a collaborative platform to perform IP reuse more efficiently and in a sustainable, scalable way.”

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

Methodics IPLM Is a Unique All-in-One Platform

IP Lifecycle Management

Methodics IPLM ensures complete visibility into the state and usage of IP from the moment it enters the system until an SoC is delivered.

Methodics IPLM supports:

  • Advanced tracking and management of the IP release flow across multiple projects.
  • Global workspace management
  • IP bill of materials (BoM) management across the organization.

With Methodics IPLM, IP is no longer a black box dropped into the design. It’s a critical piece that must be understood and tracked at every step in the design process.

The system builds on Methodics advanced design centric data management. This ensures critical design information is always available — and any potential problem can be instantly reproduced.

Complementing this data management are unique capabilities to manage IP from acquisition, through qualification, into distribution, and finally integration into an SoC. At every step, advanced analytics technology provides unmatched transparency into the design process.

IP Lifecycle Management
Methodics IPLM and Helix Core

Design Data Management

Methodics IPLM and Helix Core (Perforce’s data management tool) work together to provide a powerful design data management (DM) solution. 

The IP-centric nature of Methodics IPLM automatically manages complex file relationships found in semiconductor design. And it provides tools to manage the large binary files common in EDA tools, including multisite data management and disaster recovery.

With Methodics IPLM and Helix Core, everything is automatically abstracted from the design teams. This creates a seamless IP catalog with all IP available on demand from a central location.

Methodics IPLM also works with Git (including Perforce Git tools) and Subversion, as well as custom and proprietary data management systems.

Complete Execution History

Data is key to understanding current and past state of IP. It is also key to identifying potential issues before they become major problems.

All activities within the IP lifecycle are captured in Methodics IPLM. This includes:

  • Type of activity (build, test, release, etc.).
  • Workspace configurations.
  • Tool versions.
  • Users.
  • Integrations to other engineering systems.

This data provides a transparent view into the IP, enables advanced data mining, and facilitates predictable reproduction of any failed action.

Complete Execution History
Comprehensive Quality Management

Comprehensive Quality Management

Unproven IP represents a significant risk to any SoC design. To ensure quality, Methodics IPLM can be configured to ensure IP undergoes qualification prior to being made available to the design team(s).

Once qualification has been successfully completed, IP is made visible through a formal release process and can be utilized in a design. All information regarding the regressions used in the qualifications can be made available to the teams using the IP to increase confidence in the IP.

Get Started With Methodics IPLM

Methodics IPLM is a unique platform delivering full traceability of IP (design files and metadata) and a single source of truth through integrations. Find out how this best-in-class IPLM solution will help your team accelerate delivery. Talk to an expert to get started.

Key Methodics IPLM Features

Methodics IPLM features include the following.

Detailed IP Release Tracking

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

This detailed information ensures transparency and benefits both the IP creators as well as the IP consumers.

Detailed IP Release Tracking

IP Catalog

The most critical part of IP distribution is making the design team aware of IP available to them complete with detailed release and usage information.

Methodics IPLM includes an integrated IP catalog with powerful permission and filtering capabilities. This ensures all members of the design team can find IP (and only the IP) that is available to them.

Since usage is tracked across projects, potential users of IP can collaborate with other teams to deploy IP more effectively.

IP Catalog

Analog and Digital IP Design Management

New IP creation can leverage Methodics IPLM for analog and digital design (through VersIC). This allows designers to commit data to the IP repository, carry out qualification, and perform releases directly from the design tools they use every day.

With no additional effort, IP design teams can interface directly with the central IP management and SoC teams.

Analog and Digital IP Design Management

Parent-Child Aware Defect Tracking

Defect tracking for IP management needs to understand and track all derivatives and configurations of an IP. This ensures issues can be quickly communicated across all IP deployments.

Methodics IPLM integrates with industry standard defect tracking tools. This enables IP status to be tracked using your existing infrastructure. These existing tools are expanded to create a fully IP aware defect tracking system complete with the ability to track complex parent-child relationships.

Parent-Child Aware Defect Tracking

Notifications

Effective notifications speed up communication, improve overall quality, and can save significant amount of wasted effort in a design.

The powerful notification infrastructure in Methodics IPLM enables users to be automatically notified.  The Methodics IPLM event engine can capture significant events when they occur that could impact their design work. For example, you can be notified of IP releases, bugs, approvals, etc.

Additionally, the administrators of the system can define additional customer-specific notification criteria to fit seamlessly into existing design processes.

Notifications

Customizable Task-Specific Dashboards With RESTful API

Data is key to making informed project decisions. Methodics IPLM integrates a powerful data analytics platform, based on an extensible widget-based design.

Default dashboard configurations are provided for common design tasks, such as IP qualification, IP release status, and IP usage information.

You can also use the RESTful API for custom dashboards, including company specific reporting, industry compliance, or integration of existing corporate systems.

Customizable Task Specfic Dashboards

Trusted For IP Management By World Leaders

“When we were looking for an IP lifecycle management solution, we knew we needed one that would provide true design collaboration between our worldwide sites and also scale as we continued to grow. Based on prior experience with Methodics, their solution seemed a good choice, and after an evaluation, we selected Methodics for our needs. We’re very happy with the features and quality of the software and their level of support.”

— Tarun Gupta, Associate Vice President of Mixed-Signal Engineering

Methodics IPLM Scales to Meet Your Needs

Scalable Distribution Infrastructure

Whether working globally or locally, it is important to ensure that users of an IP have the data they need when they need it. This isn’t an easy task when some IP data is measured in the tens of gigabytes.

Methodics IPLM provides a unique IP distribution infrastructure. This complements traditional DM replication with specialized IP caching technology. So, when an IP is used,  within a project all members of the team will have access to the same data at the same time.

Data appears local to all designers, hiding significant latency that may exist in multisite global projects. Flexible IP distribution options means IP can be automatically “pushed” out to users of the IP or can be “pulled” on request.

This IP caching technology also significantly reduces the overall disk space requirements for a project since all references to the IP point back to the original cache entry.

Scalable Distribution Infrastructure
Configuration and Workspace Management

Configuration and Workspace Management

The workspace is the central component of SoC integration. It’s the point where IP and the rest of the design come together.

The Methodics IPLM platform includes comprehensive configuration and workspace controls. This ensures that designers have access to the data they need — and only the data they need.

Comprehensive controls enable the administrators to determine the design files, IP, tools, machines, and other infrastructure components that are available to team members.

Workspace components can be selected from local and remote repositories completely transparently to the designers. If a problem comes up during the design process, the support team can reproduce every aspect of the workspace to ensure rapid resolution.

Real-time Multisite Workspace Creation

Methodics IPLM has a powerful workspace management engine. It reduces disk space requirements and facilitates real-time workspace setup and delete — even for workspaces requiring data from remote repositories.

This is enabled using self-maintaining replication caches with high performance parallelized syncs, ensuring that you have the data you need, when you need it. Unlike other solutions, we do not require changes to the underlying infrastructure.

Design configurations are stored centrally and enforce common working data across design centers. Updates can be configured on a “push” or “pull” basis to ensure that all designers on a project stay in sync with the latest design configuration.

Real-Time Multisite Workspace Creation

Get Started With Methodics IPLM

Methodics IPLM helps enterprises like yours manage, catalog, share, and reuse IP, so you can accelerate design. At the same time, Methodics IPLM delivers a single source of truth and full traceability from requirements through design to verification. Talk to an expert about getting started with Methodics IPLM today.