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White Paper: Measuring and Improving IC Design Productivity

In the increasingly competitive global electronics market, companies are focusing on the efficiency of their operations as well as the markets for their products. Systematic improvement of critical processes in the product development cycle is critical to achieve healthy levels of profitability. One of the most critical processes in the development of advanced electronics is the design and implementation of custom ASICs and ASSPs, which often become a gating item for product release. Improving the productivity of the chip design cycle can therefore pay big dividends in the product release schedule.

This white paper examines IC design productivity from the perspective of the design organization to clarify the key factors affecting design team productivity. Based on insights gained from hundreds of design projects conducted by Synopsys Professional Services and productivity measurements gathered on dozens of chip tapeouts, the productivity analysis presented here outlines a practical methodology for measuring, comparing, and improving IC design productivity.

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