PCB tool tracks work in progress for predictable electronic design cycles

December 07, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Cadence Design Systems' newly announced Allegro Pulse is what the EDA vendor claims to be the PCB industry’s first solution to enable extended team collaboration by providing near-real-time insights into the complexities of the electronic design process.

Allegro Pulse connects management, engineering, procurement and other business stakeholders to up-to-date work-in-progress design data in a single, unified web-based platform, enabling design teams to identify critical issues sooner, better evaluate readiness and predict and mitigate risk. As a result, companies can significantly reduce end-product cost, shorten design cycles, enable IP reuse and avoid costly fixes later in the design cycle.

The tool allows companies to gather near-real-time metrics automatically and directly from the design database. Allegro Pulse provides executives and business owners with self-service dashboards that offer visibility into technical domains, a capability previously only afforded by CRM and ERP business intelligence solutions. Prebuilt, custom analytics allow real-time understanding of supply-chain spend, product schedule risks and resource allocation. Customizable views enable at-a-glance interpretation, putting the most important metrics at executives’ fingertips. This gives visibility into more than 50 standard out-of-the-box project metrics, as well as custom metrics.

Users can verify, monitor and compare parts assigned to projects with strategic parts lists and bills of materials, and pre-assign parts to projects using the tool’s strategic parts list functionality. As a result, the extended team is aware of selected parts early in the design cycle, which significantly reduces end product costs for multiple products. 
In addition, Allegro Pulse allows customers to collect all documents, discussions, issues and other project-related IP in a single, searchable reusable IP store, potentially saving 70 percent of the time previously spent using traditional methods such as daily or weekly status reports, online meetings and design reviews. 
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