May 24, 2004 -- IC Manage, Inc. today announced its official company launch, offering its next generation IC design management system to improve designer productivity and eliminate the problems associated with tracking and configuring designs. According to the company, the IC Manage solution can easily manage, track, and configure an entire enterprise's design data, resulting in higher design team productivity.
IC Manage's system delivers comprehensive configuration management that allows engineers to intuitively manage the complex environments needed when designing at multiple levels of abstraction and when re-using components. The IC Manage solution eliminates the widespread problems caused by copying the design or components in order to manage changes during the development process.
IC Manage is the commercial evolution of cdsp4, a successful Open Source integration developed in 1998 between the Perforce Fast Software Configuration Management (SCM) System and the Cadence Design Framework II tools. Shiv Sikand, Vice President of Engineering at IC Manage, originally developed cdsp4 to streamline the MIPS processor and Advanced Graphics development at Silicon Graphics Inc. Cdsp4 is in use at many companies, including NVIDIA and ATI Technologies, and has been an integral part of the flow for a large number of successful designs.
"The success of cdsp4 convinced us that there is a need for a high performance commercial solution," said Dean Drako, President and CEO of IC Manage. "Instead of using older RCS-derived tools, we are developing a solution building on the capabilities of Perforce to deliver performance, capacity, and reliability far superior to existing solutions."
IC Manage, via an exclusive arrangement with Perforce Software, Inc, incorporates the Perforce Fast SCM System in its solution. The Perforce System provides IC Manage a database which has proven reliable and robust both in large deployments and over long periods of time.
"We have been collaborating with Mr. Sikand since 1998, adding specific features to better support his efforts in IC design," said Christopher Seiwald, President and CTO of Perforce Software and IC Manage board member. "While the development model for hardware might seem very different than software, asset management is an integral part of both models and Perforce is ideally suited to bring greater accuracy, control and productivity to the hardware design environment."
IC Manage is currently undergoing beta testing at a major semiconductor company and general availability is scheduled for early summer.
Go to the IC Manage, Inc. website to find additional information.