The changes in the semiconductor design service environment has seen India-based design service firms taking the largest slice of the business. India brings several advantages to these services that are labor intensive and require limited infrastructure. A cadre of experienced engineers, an enabling environment of large and small firms, and a good regulatory environment for protecting IP makes India uniquely qualified for this job. However, Indian firms still rely on large clients for scale, although the work contracted tends to be low-end and focused on physical verification.
In India, the firms that have succeeded tend to offer software services in addition to design. This usually gives them an advantage as they have a better understanding of how to manage scale, implement mature processes and develop good documentation. However, the organization of Integrated Circuit (IC) design needs to be different from software services. Additionally, unlike software services where a sequential progression up the value chain is essential, IC design needs competence in both coding and architecture.
These issues raise several challenges and a possible solution is the EagleWision (EW) methodology. This procedure combines two main parts: a team of in-house experts who consult design teams on all aspects of the design process and standardization plus documentation of all processes. Though the EW methodology can be costly (it relies primarily on the very best engineers), it is almost always a success and helps companies manage hierarchical issues. The EW methodology can be utilized equally by small and large clients including start-ups with its relevant processes, strong documentation, regular post-project reviews and ideas for ongoing work through innovative thinking and pro-active moves on initiating and proposing second generation work.
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