riding the IoT-wave



New Opportunities: New Markets, Applications and Customers

Digitization, mobile computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) are stimulating robust demand for smart and connected products in nearly every industry. And, as every industry relies on the semiconductor industry to bring their smart and connected experiences to life, this demand has translated to robust sales for the semiconductor market, reaching a record high of $339B in 2016.



Semiconductor sales revenue worldwide from 1987 to 2018 (in billion U.S. dollars)

We’re living in a world where sensors will be everywhere and the sensors themselves have intelligence

John Blyler High-Tech Editor & Educator

Shift from 65nm to 20 nm: 

  • Chip Design Costs +341%
  • Process Dev Costs +225%
  • Fab Costs +168%

Morgan Stanley estimate in PwC 2014 M&A Integration Survey

Slowing Revenue Growth, Shrinking Margins

However, revenue growth for the semiconductor industry has flattened over the last three years, and only slight growth is forecast through 2018. One factor contributing to this slowdown is fierce global competition which is constraining market prices and revenue.

This same competitive environment is also driving a perpetual race for chips and processors that are not only cheaper, but smaller, faster and smarter. This is increasing product complexity and squeezing margins as design, development and fabrication costs rise.

"Semiconductor players that design the most functionality into their products in the shortest amount of time wield distinct competitive advantage"

Collett & Pyle McKinsey on Semiconductors, Number 3, Autumn 2013

Mastering Increasing Chip Complexity with Collaborative Product Innovation

Increasing chip complexity requires greater collaboration across scientific and technical disciplines. Increasing ecosystem complexity requires tighter partner and supply chain collaboration. And demanding market conditions require stronger collaboration between business and product teams.

To find out how the 3DEXPERIENCE is helping semiconductor manufacturers meet their business objectives through greater collaboration, watch the interview with Dr. Michael Doyle, Director & Principal Scientist at Dassault Systèmes.

Synchronizing IC Design for Fast Closure

While collaboration across disciplines and organizations is essential in the semiconductor industry today, realizing the full benefits of collaboration depends on skillful synchronization of complex data and concurrent processes.

The right information systems foundation can enable this synchronization. Such a foundation includes centralized, automated design data management to streamline and accelerate integration. And it includes real-time project and design analytics. This enables timely identification of potential design flaws and deviations from planned milestones.

» More information on IC design synchronization

Gain Agility with “Invisible Governance” for Project Management

Disconnection between business and engineering teams are a major project management challenge, causing considerable inefficiencies and delays. This is why leading innovators are leveraging Deliverable-based Project Management that connects business and engineering assets in a global project architecture. This type of architecture automatically integrates data from business and engineering processes into project schedules, milestones, resources, costs, and benefits.

A unified architecture can also support dynamic, global project dash-boarding, which can deliver real-time visibility without governance overhead. With such a view, manufacturers can gain the agility they need to dynamically assign critical resources for maximum performance and profitability.

» Discover our Project Management Solution

In requirements management, we have achieved a 30 percent to 40 percent improvement in management processes, including traceability and reuse of requirements.

Peter Servi Senior Manager for Enterprise PLM and Engineering Applications, Fujitsu Network Systems

Capture and Maintain the “Voice of the Customer” throughout the Development Process

One of the keys to competing successfully in the semiconductor industry is consistently capturing - and enforcing - customer and regulatory standards and requirements.

This can be achieved with a shared environment and supporting tools that make it possible to define, decompose and reuse requirements across all business and production units - within the enterprise and across partner ecosystems.

» Find out more about our Traceable Requirements Management Solution

Fujitsu Network Communications Video
Growth in the Number of IP Blocks per Design
Growth in the Number of IP Blocks per Design

The Value of Enterprise level IP Reuse & Management

Re-use and Management of IP is a strategy that has been proven to be very effective for streamlining development, reducing risk, boosting quality and shortening time to market, but it requires an enterprise-level approach to succeed when products and ecosystems are complex.

Learn more about the value of Enterprise level IP Management with John Blyler's 3-part White Paper series.

Lower the Risk of Innovation with a Unified Approach to Issue & Defect Management

Global development teams and more complex products make effective issue and defect management more challenging than ever. At the same time competitive markets and high customer expectations leave little room for inefficiencies in defect and issue management

This is where a unified platform approach and advanced analytics can help. It is a strategy that can help you detect issues and defects early, and provide the real-time insights and traceability needed to take optimal corrective actions.

» Find out more about Issues & Defects Management Solution

The concept of a ‘lifecycle’ is a good way to think about the range of activities, risks and costs associated with IP for a semiconductor company.

Warren Savage President and CEO, IPExtreme

Leveraging PLM Analytics to Drive Performance

Making smarter decisions faster is critical to the ability of a company to quickly get innovative, differentiating products to market and achieve a first-mover advantage. Employees at all levels need concise, timely information tailored to their task needs, regardless of whether they are a designer, a project manager or a senior executive.

To address the torrent of data created by multiple business systems, companies need business intelligence and analytics solutions that provide users with the right information, in context, for their needs. This is especially important for product development and PLM.

» Download the White Paper

Case Study: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Learn how AMD uses simulation software from Dassault Systèmes to predict and prevent crack formation and delamination in the flip-chip version of its integrated circuits.

» Download the Case Study

Achieve higher efficiency and zero re-spins in developing IOT-ready systems-on-chip

While the 'smaller, faster, better, cheaper' demands will likely remain a permanent part of the semiconductor landscape, an enterprise, and even ecosystem level approach to facilitate IP management , multidiscipline design collaboration and verification will help semiconductor companies continuously turn semiconductor complexity into business profitability.

Dassault Systèmes provides a portfolio of solutions specifically tailored to the semiconductor industry. Used by 17 of the top 20 semiconductors, the solutions help semiconductor companies achieve:

  • Reduce time-to-market by increasing global collaboration efficiency
  • Accelerate decision making by efficiently tracking project execution
  • Increase savings in time and costs through virtual prototyping
  • Optimize manufacturing processes and reduce yield loss

To learn more, watch the Silicon Thinking Industry Solution Experience video