Software specialists combine products for IP life-cycle management

June 09, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Perforce and Methodics are to offer an integrate solutions to deliver scalable IP lifecycle management; the two companies separately offer tools in the areas of version management, and in IP management; together they aim to support rapid, high-volume IP management

The announcement is of integration of the Perforce Helix source code management (SCM) and collaboration platform with Methodics’ ProjectIC IP Lifecycle Management software. The partnership helps companies scale their systems to handle high levels of automation and ensures that teams using Methodics are working with the latest version of any asset.

Methodics offers advanced Intellectual Property (IP) qualification, distribution, cataloging and workspace optimisation and management for companies creating analogue and digital systems-on-chips (SoCs). It allows designers full visibility into enterprise IP resources and the corresponding data available to them, regardless of where they are located. Helix Versioning Engine is the a secure and scalable versioning system. It supports globally dispersed teams with their choice of distributed (DVCS) or centralised workflows. It majors on security and IP protection for any type of SoC-related asset—from CAD/EDA designs to databases and documents.

“The semiconductor/IP industry has seen a huge increase in not only the size of files but the average number of files in a project as well. On top of that, the design and development processes themselves generate gigabytes of data each day,” said Jerry Brocklehurst, vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Methodics. “All of these factors put additional stress on data management systems and increase complexity. We’ve partnered with Perforce so we can offer our customers a highly scalable integrated solution that addresses these demands.”

Helix is scalable withoutlimits and ensures that regardless of the type or size of a file, users can access the latest version, its entire change history and the relationships to other files. Helix Threat Detection is the last line of defence for IP with powerful behavioural analytics and rich interactive forensics.

“Large multinationals and small specialised IP design companies alike are dealing with the same complexity challenges while striving to reduce costs and improve efficiency,” said Dave Robertson, vice president of Channels at Perforce. “Methodics’ ProjectIC combined with Helix provides a sophisticated asset management