Consumer Design Solutions
(Home Entertainment, Portable Entertainment, Photography, Audio and Display products)
The consumer marketâ€™s dramatic impact on electronics, semiconductors and embedded software, cannot be ignored. The challenges of the consumer segment are significant:
- The consumer electronics market is extremely competitive and price-sensitive
- The transition to digital technology has resulted in modular designs
- And the use of application-specific standard products integrated with embedded software has increased.
Device customization and convergence occur on a daily basis, and new products are launched regularly to meet consumer demand. As a result, the pace of innovation has accelerated to avoid commoditization, and the design cycle has compressed to avoid loss of market share.
Features and Benefits
Numetrics enterprise resource planning software (NMX-ERP) helps design managers and project leaders tackle and conquer these product-development challenges for IC and IP development and embedded software.
NMX-ERP takes into consideration hundreds of design parameters along with unit information to quantify the IC productâ€™s complexity. Using the NMX IC Industry Databaseâ„¢, project leaders can compare their IC project to similar projects within consumer sub-segments, such as portable entertainment, or benchmark the execution assumptions of their project plan with NMX IC Schedule Risk Analyzerâ„¢.
For example: The design manager of a high-end set-top box decoder IC or an advanced display processor with multiple ARM cores can accurately describe units with a wide array of logic, processor and memory functions as well as quantify the specification, verification, and circuit reuse of those units. This capability of defining reuse allows the design manager to make tradeoffs between the purchase of IP or the reduction of features required to meet the product development window.
Project leaders then use NMX IC Project Plannerâ„¢ to perform quick and reliable â€˜what-ifâ€™ analysis of the project dimensionsâ€”complexity, duration, staffingâ€”as they strive to meet the schedule and resource demands of the consumer-sector. Knowing up front what you can deliver, and when, is essential to succeeding in the demanding consumer market, where missing a market window (such as the Consumer Electronics Show) can have a significant impact on revenue.
Analysis of the entire development program (hardware and software) can be achieved with NMX Software Project Plannerâ„¢ and NMX Program Viewer. Similar â€˜what-ifâ€™ analysis can be performed on embedded software projects while inter-project dependencies can be identified and evaluated using Program Viewer. Each tool provides further insight into development schedule risk and improves predictability.
Whether itâ€™s a compute-intensive IC design or a challenging embedded software implementation, Numetrics NMX-ERP provides the latest information in consumer-IC and embedded software design to enable project leaders to:
- Measure development productivity
- Improve the predictability of development schedules
- Quantify development schedule risk
- Benchmark against the industryâ€™s best-in-class.
- Whitepaper: Measuring IC Development Productivity
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