Hardware Configuration Platforms

The SOS design platform is the core design data collaboration platform for hardware design teams. SOS solves many design data management needs with one integrated platform that is non-intrusive to the design flow. Its architecture and interface enable design teams at one location or dispersed across multiple time zones to collaborate efficiently on the same project. SOS provides flexible release management and version control to meet the requirements of any design flow. The version control system enables users to develop different blocks or designs in parallel without having to worry about using an incorrect version of the data in their SoC design.

Multi-Site

As companies grow and compete globally to meet time-to-market windows, it is very common to have design teams working in different cities across different continents. SOS can easily scale up to large projects, allowing big dispersed teams to work on the same SoC and share responsibilities for design modules.

To ensure that designers can collaborate efficiently, it is important for them to have fast access from all remote sites. The SOS platform architecture ensures that design teams get the best performance out of their network in terms of speed. Designers can push and pull large amounts of data from any SOS server any time without being concerned about lengthy access times.

The link-to-cache system built into SOS ensures that version control features at remote design sites is extremely fast and optimizes valuable network disk space usage. SOS has a built-in fault tolerance, which ensures that designers at remote sites will still be able to access their files even if one of the SOS server goes down.

Tool Integration

The unique requirement of hardware designs – design complexity, different EDA tools from numerous vendors, extremely large tool databases and a complex design flow – mandate a tight coupling between the different tools and the data management platform. Only tight integration of tools and the Data Management platform can ensure designer productivity in the face of increased global competition.

The SOS platform from ClioSoft improves design flow efficiency and design team productivity by providing an eco-system where designers can use tools from different vendors to design digital, analog and RF design modules. It also provides semiconductor companies the flexibility to make changes in their choice of EDA tools without having to worry about the integration of the tools with the data management platform.

The SOS design data collaboration platform is seamlessly integrated with several design flows including tools from Cadence®, Synopsys®, Mentor Graphics® and Keysight Technologies® (formerly Agilent Technologies). Moreover, ClioSoft’s patented UDMA feature enables the SOS platform to be integrated with any EDA tool.

This allows designers to invoke the data management features directly from the design tools. The SOS data management commands are available directly in the respective tool’s user interface and do not require any additional UI browser to be invoked. Integrated SOS solutions are available for the following popular SoC flows:

For Digital Designs
SOS Digital – Enterprise data management solution for digital flows. It includes a number of features created especially for digital designers such as IP management, hierarchical reference and reuse features to enable design reuse and efficient distributed development.
For Analog, RF & Mixed-signal Designs
SOS viaDFII – Integrated data management solution for the Cadence® Virtuoso® Platform
SOS viaCustomDesigner – Integrated data management solution for Synopsys® Custom Designer
SOS viaLaker – Integrated data management solution for Synopsys® Laker
SOS viaPyxis – Integrated data management solution for Mentor Graphics® Pyxis
SOS viaADS – Integrated data management solution for Advanced Design System (ADS) from Keysight technologies

Defect Tracking

Design verification forms the cornerstone on any successful SoC tapeout. This is primarily due to the huge NREs involved for deep sub-micron designs and the importance of meeting tight time-to-market windows. An important aspect of design verification is to have the ability to track the bugs found in the design throughout the design development cycle and to ensure that they get the proper visibility within the design team. This ensures that the issues found are fixed in a timely manner.

The SOS platform provides issue and defect tracking throughout the design cycle by integrating bug-tracking systems with revision control. It maintains a correlation between the defects and changes made in the design to fix the defect. SOS supports commonly used bug-tracking systems such as Jira, Trac, Bugzilla and Fusion Forge.