New trends in design and life cycle of complex electronic systems call for new rules
Capitalizing from its strong experience in the integration of intellectual property blocks on the semi-conductors assembly platforms, Magillem is deploying its solution towards systems integrators. Up to now no real time production flow tracking solution was available on the market. This was not due to a lack of tools covering these needs but rather a lack of standards enabling communication links between point tools and CAD tools. Now Magillem enables the deployment of solutions using the IP-XACT IEEE1685 description standard; it offers the capacity to precisely describe all the components and tools used in the production chain.
Magillem brings, in a non-intrusive way for the existing flow, the concept of communication backbone by integrating “business objects” used all along the flow. Data specific to tools and components are integrated as metadata in the IEEE specifications open standard. This solution is a true revolution in the management of the electronics chain since it allows a manufacturer to handle its design flow independently from proprietary formats attached to the tools used in the flow .
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In addition a global approach is synonymous of cost reduction and an increase in reliability and modularity.
For teams working on very specific parts of a project, a unique format allows an open communication flow which at the end facilitates design and requirements revues. Companies using the CMMI methodology (Capability Maturity Model Integration) will finally find in the Magillem offering the way to unlock the electronics part in the definition of a project. Data evolve, are being controlled and passed along between different tools along the communication backbone, like a stick during a relay race. Obsolescence management of hardware and software components of an equipment generates hard solving problems to users. The challenge is to reconcile a shorter and shorter component life – a 4 year average – with the maintenance of an electronics system which exceeds 10 years. This is the same challenge for the software modules, which are very difficult to maintain on the long term.