Benchmarking Development Performance
Benchmarking IC development performance and diagnosing bottlenecks in the design cycle are prerequisites to ensuring competitiveness, as well as achieving and sustaining best-in-class status.
The Numetrics solution leverages the NMX IC Industry Database, which is a compilation of more than 1,600 IC projects comprising over 30,000 functional blocks. This resource gives users unparalleled capability to benchmark their IC product development capabilities against the industry. In addition, Numetrics’ benchmarking solution enables users to identify bottlenecks in the design cycle and set appropriate performance goals and cycle time targets for upcoming projects.
Benchmarking also ensures the retention of an IC development organization’s “institutional knowledge.” Archived and readily accessible are project data that characterize how projects were executed together with their resulting performance metrics. Managers can instantaneously access this information when planning new projects and leverage the wealth of knowledge and experience gained from prior projects. For example:
- Managers can quickly determine realistic productivity targets for new projects.
- Managers can also instantaneously observe the staffing strategies employed on prior successful projects.
This knowledge base is an extraordinarily valuable asset that provides managers with enormous power to make critical business decisions.
Numetrics’ Industry Database is the only database of its kind in the world and was compiled in connection with the company’s benchmarking consulting practice. The Database and consulting practice continue to offer semiconductor organizations a fast and reliable vehicle for determining how their chip development capabilities compare to the industry.
The Database is composed of numerous projects in myriad categories, including wireless and wired communications, computing and peripherals, entertainment, industrial, and transportation. There more than 22 different application segments, giving users unparalleled capability to analyze project performance metrics of specific kinds of chips and design styles, including SoC, advanced processors, RF and analog, mixed-signal, ASIC and ASSP.