ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync Central

ENOVIA® Synchronicity® DesignSync® Central™ is used by Semiconductor companies to manage the hardware and software data in their products, and provide a collaborative and secure environment for resolving product development issues and defects amongst geographically dispersed development teams.

The creation of complex electronic products is not an easy proposition, and is becoming increasingly complex with the proliferation of globally dispersed teams. Since 1998, integrated circuit (IC) design teams have relied on ENOVIA® Synchronicity® DesignSync® Data Manager to help manage the hardware and software data in their products. Today, over 120 development organizations, including 13 of the top 15 semiconductor companies, take advantage of ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync Data Manager to boost design productivity. ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync Data Manager was designed specifically for the Design Data Management (DDM) of complex integrated circuits, and continues to evolve as challenges facing the semiconductor industry evolve. ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync Central combines the capabilities of ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync Data Manager with ENOVIA’s world-class Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) collaboration platform, extending collaborative connections from local design teams to the global enterprise.

  • Connect and manage your entire design chain with a unified DDM system.
  • Significantly boost design productivity for a rapid payback and strong return on investment (ROI).
  • Maximize your ability to reuse existing designs and embedded software.
  • Manage your design hierarchy as part of the design process.
  • Utilize the intuitive built-in SITaR workflow.
  • Reduce time-to-market by increasing collaboration efficiency.
  • Win the first-to-market advantage.
  • Manage complex data types from a variety of EDA tool vendors.
  • Manage software projects using the Microsoft Visual Studio and Eclipse plug-ins.
  • Allow project members to associate defects directly to semiconductor design data for quicker resolution that avoids schedule delays and cost overruns.
  • Provide accurate defect status to avoid uninformed management decisions.
  • Track all key issue and defect management communications to avoid delays.
  • Provide traceability between the design and defect management decisions by capturing on-line discussions that can be searched and audited.
  • Provide non-engineering inputs to the issue and defect management process in order to more quickly reach a resolution and avoid project interruptions.
  • Ensure a standard repeatable issue and defect management process is implemented to obtain input from all cross-functional stakeholders and drive continuous improvement.
  • Provide data access controls that avoid financial and legal risks.
  • Client/Server Architecture
    The client/server architecture allows for design work to proceed without connection to the server. Communication occurs for data management operations or status reporting only. The architecture is suited uniquely to support geographically dispersed design teams. Servers may be globally distributed, and accessible from client applications anywhere.
  • Multisite Version Control
    A “single source of the truth” is maintained, and made available to designers regardless of their physical location.
  • Distributed Data Storage
    Data repositories (SyncServers) can be hosted at any design site for maximum local efficiencies. Data from multiple servers can be aggregated in a workspace automatically.
  • Transfer Diffs
    A transfer mode allows only “diffs” (i.e. file deltas) to be transferred during check-in and checkout operations for both ASCII and binary data files. This capability provides maximum benefit in environments in which geographically dispersed design teams collaborate over high-latency networks. File transfer options are configurable between client and server combinations.
  • Data Replication
    Sophisticated caching mechanisms support data replication and minimize disk space usage by creating workspaces using symbolic links to shared read-only data files. Static and dynamic caching mechanisms are supported. If a workspace is constructed using a static cache, updates are controlled by the user. If a dynamic cache is used, updates occur automatically, so the workspace is always up to date. Caches make efficient use of disk space, because workspaces consist of links to read-only copies of shared files. Physical copies need only be fetched for edit operations. The mirroring system can be configured to automatically generate mirrors as data is released and populate the data into the local shared cache so data is replicated where it is needed ahead of time.
  • Module Linkages via Mcaches
    The Mcache is an efficient data-sharing mechanism that enables copies of modules to be shared by local teams. This greatly reduces file storage requirements as well as providing a tremendous savings in terms of development time over fetching individual copies. The Mcache provides version context directly in the user’s local workspace, making it easier and quicker to determine that one is working with the correct module versions.
  • Foreign Configuration Management Modules
    In many organizations, circumstances mandate that design data is managed in a variety of systems. ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync Central provides the ability to integrate data from other configuration management systems and allows developers to easily retrieve a complete design hierarchy across all the systems managing data for project-wide functions such as system test or tape-out.
  • Security
    Whether transferring data internally or externally, security is ensured using commercial grade 128 bit SSL encryption.
  • Internet Based Transfer Protocols
    Data transactions use standard internet protocols and work seamlessly with existing firewalls.
  • Audit Trails
    Detailed revision control activity is captured in a database, which may be queried using a standard Web browser.
  • Sophisticated Access Controls
    Protection of valuable design data is ensured by setting configurable access controls. Data access is controlled in the server, and does not rely on UNIX® permissions. Access to data can be controlled based on a user’s identity, the data the user wishes to access, and the command the user wishes to run to operate on the data. An intuitive graphical user interface is provided for definition and administration of access controls.
  • Sophisticated Workspace Management
    Multiple methods are provided for the creation and maintenance of designer workspaces supporting differing work styles. For example, workspaces can be configured to incorporate changes made by others either on demand, or automatically.
  • Configurable Use Models
    Both the “locking” model and the “non-locking” model are supported to suit either design team or individual preferences. An intuitive built-in SITaR workflow facilitates design collaboration, and increases quality by ensuring that all design work is performed in the context of a stable project, or system, baseline.
  • Module Centric View in DesignSync User Interface
    The DesignSync interface includes both a directory-centric and a module-centric workspace view. The module-centric workspace view makes it easy to determine which data is associated with which module, especially when data from multiple modules is overlapped in the same workspace directory structure.
  • Tag Module Hierarchy
    The tag command supports the application of a tag to all the module versions included in a specific module hierarchy. Examination of tags associated with lower level modules provides valuable “where used” information. For example, ALU module version 1.137 could be tagged CHIP1_R3, indicating that version 1.137 of the ALU module is included in the R3 release of CHIP1.
  • Built-in SITaR Workflow
    A standard workflow in which all design work proceeds in the context of a stable system baseline is included. SITaR facilitates project setup and collaboration by providing a simplified and intuitive command set for use by designers and integrators. SITaR enables design teams to leverage the power of modular design, while minimizing the learning curve. This is because SITaR wraps underlying DM commands in the context of a well-defined workflow.
  • Where Used Capability
    A design hierarchy can be traced from the bottom up, providing answers to the question: “where has this design block been used in other design blocks or products?”
  • Version History Reporting
    Brief or detailed reports of the version history of an entire module, or an individual design object, provide a complete genealogical record.
  • Vault Browser
    A sophisticated vault browser provides a graphical display of the history of a managed object.
  • Annotations
    An ASCII file can be graphically annotated with information about who last changed each line in the file, and when.
  • Diff and Merge Tools
    Both graphical and command line diff and merge tools are provided, including TkDiff.
  • Comparison Utilities
    Sophisticated utilities allow for the comparison of module versions, releases, hierarchies and workspaces. A workspace can be compared with a known configuration, or even with another workspace. Comparison of file content makes use of checksums so that file versions with identical content, but which are stored as different versions, are reported as being identical.
  • Graphical User Interface
    The user interface of ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync data management allows for the navigation and manipulation of data at both the detailed file level and at the more abstract module level. Comparison utilities, diff tools and a command line interface are included.
  • Command Line Interfaces
    Two command line interfaces are provided. The “dssc” shell runs ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync Central data management commands. The “stclc” shell is a Tcl interpreter, into which the ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync Central data management commands have been linked, providing programmatic capabilities and access to other utilities.
  • Extensible Architecture
    The command set can be easily extended by creating aliases or auto-loaded Tcl procedures.
  • Client Side Triggers
    You can easily introduce process automation to increase efficiency and decrease errors by creating Tcl procedures that are registered to intercept operations and perform other operations. For example, if a layout object is checked in, a Design Rule Check procedure could be run automatically, and if clean, the check-in operation is allowed to proceed.
  • C-API
    ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync Central can be easily integrated with other tools using a fully documented C-API.
  • Plug-in for Source Code Control for Software Components
    ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync Central includes a plug-in for the Microsoft Visual Studio IDE (Integrated Development Environment).
  • Integrations with EDA Design Tools
    Integrations for EDA tools provided by Cadence and Synopsys are available as add-ons to ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync Data Manager. For detailed information, please see product information for ENOVIA® Synchronicity® for DFII (Cadence integration), ENOVIA® Synchronicity® for Milkyway (Synopsys Milkyway integration), and ENOVIA® Synchronicity® for Synopsys CD (Synopsys Custom Designer integration).
  • Integrations with SW Development Environments
    Integrations for the popular Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio SW development environments are provided as part of ENOVIA® DesignSync Central™. These integrations allow developers to quickly and easily interact with ENOVIA® DesignSync® to manage design data without leaving their editing environment.
  • EDA Tool integration API
    ENOVIA® Synchronicity® for CTS (Custom Types System) provides an API for creation of custom complex data types. ENOVIA Synchronicity for CTS is used to enable EDA data awareness for arbitrary data types in ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync Central. Using ENOVIA Synchronicity for CTS, one can enable EDA data awareness for any EDA tool, whether developed in house, or commercially available.
  • Cross-functional Enterprise Collaboration
    ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync Central exposes semiconductor design data to the extended enterprise so companies can cross-functionally collaborate to resolve product development issues and defects. It leverages the following standard capabilities from the ENOVIA Collaboration Platform to offer a secure, structured, virtual semiconductor design workplace for geographically dispersed teams: - Collaborate Securely Easily create secure collaborative workspaces that allow suppliers and partners to be involved with the DesignSync project team early and throughout the product development process; assign responsibilities with default and access rights to members and teams. - Define Virtual Teams Add team members, assign roles and responsibilities, and provide default access online to assemble cross-functional teams in virtual workspaces quickly and easily. - Manage and Track Defects Easily raise defects against design data or any other object in the enterprise system. Define change boards to sign-off on a defect’s implementation review and control the approval of defect actions. - Management Reports Track design defect workloads and trends using configurable graphical metrics-based reports with data summaries and roll ups. Crystal Reports can be leveraged for more advanced formatting options. - Create Discussion Threads Create multi-threaded discussions for sharing ideas and reference documents. Subscribe and automatically receive ongoing communication to keep abreast of developments and final decisions. Easily sort discussions by workspace, folder or content, or search them to find exactly the information required to answer the question at hand. - Implement Company Best Practices Institutionalize the company's best practices by creating routing templates and folders, add files and content to folders and generate routing paths, approval lists and actions using delegation rules, task escalation rules and additional route logic. Implement checks that enable the automation and enforcement of standard practices across the entire enterprise. - Decision/History Capture Automatically capture the dialog that solved tough designs and discussions in order to retain team knowledge. All information is kept in a managed, easy to search and auditable system. - Cross Team Collaboration Teams beyond engineering can easily add their own content to the overall product knowledge. This provides the ability to classify the non-engineering data in the same classification system alongside the engineering data, or in its own libraries using a bookshelf and document organization. - Automatic Notifications Enable users to subscribe to standard notifications, content owners to send push notifications and administrators to customize system notifications by company. - Secure Access Allow workspace leads to set default access definition for the workspace, including folders and subfolders. Assign granular access for specific content. Administrators can assign company specific vaults and file stores. - Defect Management Users can define defects with attributes and characteristics targeted at semiconductor and software development processes, and associated to design data managed in ENOVIA DesignSync Data Manager. In addition, defects may be created from issues. This allows the separation of the customer facing discussion and the internal facing discussion about the implementation problem and its correction. This enables better definition of the problem and solution as well as isolation of proprietary internal concerns. An issue may be associated with multiple defects and a defect may be refined into multiple defect actions. Change boards are defined to create and sign-off on a defect’s implementation review and control the approval of defect actions. Dashboards are provided to review defects, defect actions, and implementation reviews.
  • The Role of ENOVIA V6 and PLM 2.0
    ENOVIA Synchronicity DesignSync Central supports PLM 2.0, product lifecycle management online for everyone, and the ENOVIA V6 values: Global collaborative innovation Single PLM platform for intellectual property (IP) management Online creation and collaboration, ready to use PLM business processes Lower cost of ownership.