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Introducing the Rational Solution for Electronic DesignIn working with the semiconductor and custom ASIC industries the design challenges that keep coming up are time to market, complexity, and cost of recall/redesign. These issues have become more acute as the rise of mobile platforms (smart phones, tablets) has increased the demand for the industry to put more functionality into small packages.
What makes this even more challenging is the need for hardware and software teams to work closely together to build a complete and coherent end product. The question is: what solutions are there to alleviate these issues? Having a good common design and architecture laying out everything is one key, but another factor is having a way for entire team to get access to all the design artifacts and have a common way to review them. In the end, having all of this will lead to the ability to easily reuse artifacts from one product to the next enabling faster time to market with working designs.
With this in mind, we are pleased to announce the availability of the IBM Rational Solution for Electronic Design, an extension of the IBM Rational Solution for Systems and Software Engineering. This release focuses on support for the system level design of electronic devices using Rhapsody; electronic design management, including configuration management of hardware and software design assets using ClearCase; and workflow using Rational Team Concert.
Companies that adopt Rational’s new solution for Electronic Design can expect a more streamlined, automated and repeatable workflow, thus allowing them to be more productive and reduce their overall development costs.
What is the Rational Solution for Electronic Design?
The IBM Solution for Electronic Design focuses on high-level (system level) design for electronic devices using SysML, electronic design management for revising IP blocks in libraries and electronic design management for revising analog designs. In this iteration, the solution provides a set of industry practices (developed in Rational Method Composer) as well as Rational Team Concert (RTC) project and work items templates so the practices can be enacted. The corresponding System and Software Engineering solution core tools (DOORS, Rhapsody, RTC and RQM) then support those practices.
In summary, the Rational Solution for Electronic Design provides the following:
The assets for this solution include:
About the Authors
Dr. Keith Collyer, is a subject matter expert in requirements
and systems engineering. He trained as an electronic engineer and later moved
into software development. His interest in the "people" aspects led
him into project management, quality assurance, and processes, never losing
sight of the need to develop systems that meet real needs. Throughout much of
his career, he has concentrated on helping both large and small organizations
introduce requirements management. The key aspects of this are ensuring that
the client understands the needs for and benefits from requirements management,
clarifying and defining with the client the processes involved, including the
necessary information and inte
Martin Bakal, is at the forefront of the embedded industry, contributing to industry conferences, journals as well as conducting podcast and webinars on a regular basis. Examples of conferences include the Embedded World conference in Germany, IBM Innovate. Marty’s thought leadership extends to various industry magazines, where he has contributed several articles. The articles span a range of topics from an extremely technical to features focused on high-level process, solution and business concerns. His topics area includes embedded design, agile development, systems modeling as well as product line engineering.