IC Manage, Inc. released the results of their recent Global Design Management Report. According to their survey, the top three driving reasons for using a Design Management (DM) system are: easier to trace and fix bugs (53%), easier team collaboration (49%), and IP Reuse/Logistics Management (43%). The next tier was a 3-way tie between: reduced project delays and/or respins; easier access to prior working configurations; and improved designer efficiency, all at 32%. These items were followed by better product quality (27%) and better derivative design management (24%). The survey included the responses of 524 IC design professionals.
IP reuse has more than doubled in importance as a design management driver over the last two years, with bug dependency management the leading design management challenge. According to IC Manage, it is vital that a design management system deliver all these technologies to design and verification teams.
Global Design Management Report Abstract
This is the fourth annual Global Design Management report, based on an independent worldwide survey. The blind, anonymous survey was emailed to thousands of SoC and IC design professionals worldwide by an independent consultancy during April 2012. A total of 524 engineers and engineering managers completed the survey online. The report scope includes: trends in design data management driving forces from 2009 to 2012; design management system adoption trends; missing functionality from open source systems; critical features for IP reuse and logistics management; design file management challenges, including broad EDA tool slowdown due to network storage bottlenecks; and drawbacks with using symbolic links. Last year’s survey results showed that designers spend 24% of their time working on design management related tasks. This year’s comprehensive report can help semiconductor companies anticipate the technology drivers and trends and better ensure their design teams collaborate efficiently across the enterprise.
More info: Global Design Data Management Report 2012