Perforce buys Methodics to boost IoT chip IP management

Perforce buys Methodics to boost IoT chip IP management

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Enterprise software development tool Perforce Software has bought a strategic partner that supplied semiconductor companies, increasing its [rescenec in the AI, embedded SoC and IoT markets. Details of the deal were not disclosed.

Perforce had been working with Methodics on a fully integrated system that managed IP from design all the way through production and reuse. Chip customers include Nvidia, Zoran and MaxLinear while system customers include Siemens Energy, Ericsson, Raytheon and NI (formerly National Instruments).

“The semiconductor and embedded software design markets continue to expand, especially as they serve growing AI, automotive, cloud, and IoT markets,” said Mark Ties, Perforce CEO. “Together with Methodics, Perforce will enable these markets to drive faster time to market, higher quality, greater operational efficiency, and increased security and compliance at scale.”

Managing data about IP blocks in a chip throughout the lifecycle of equipment was also a driver behind the recent Siemens acquisition of UltraSoC.

“The importance of collaboration between multisite and multi-geographic design teams continues to intensify. Methodics enables critical collaboration while assuring full traceability and reuse of important design assets and their associated metadata,” said Simon Butler, Methodics CEO.

“MaxLinear has been using Perforce Helix Core and Methodics IP lifecycle management for the past few years to increase our productivity and introduce an IP reuse methodology at MaxLinear,” said Paolo Miliozzi, Vice President, SoC Technology at MaxLinear.


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