IP Reuse impact on Design Verification Management across the Enterprise
Designing hardware is becoming more like designing software in that it is increasingly a process of ‘continuous design’. To achieve continuous design, businesses are maximizing the reuse of IP modules across designs and design derivatives.
As such, companies must address the increasingly complex dependency management associated with the reuse of their IP blocks and subsystems, which evolve dynamically and incrementally as the IP is distributed and reused. Dependency management is needed for communication between IP developers, consumers, verification teams and management through the entire space of IP derivatives across the enterprise.
What is the most efficient process for ensuring design verification information flow and real-time sharing and access to this information? What information must be captured, encapsulated with the IP and shared - such as bug rollouts and propagation of fixes? What internal processes are needed to support such an infrastructure?
Dean founded IC Manage in 2003, a company that he has helped expand to become the IC/SoC design and IP management technology leader. Dean was also founder, President and CEO of Barracuda Networks from 2003 to 2012, where he built and expanded Barracuda from a spam and virus firewall provider to a broad line enterprise technology company with more than 150,000 customers. Dean currently serves on Barracuda's Board of Directors.
Dean was also the founder of Boldfish, a leading provider of enterprise messaging solutions that was acquired by Siebel Systems in 2003. Before Boldfish, Dean was founder, president and CEO of Design Acceleration Inc. (DAI), maker of superior design analysis and verification tools, which was acquired by Cadence Design Systems. Dean has served as an entrepreneur in residence for SoftBank Venture Capital as well as vice president of product engineering at the 3DO Company. Dean holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2007, Dean was named "Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California" by Ernst & Young.
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