Design-to-test analytics software accelerates workflow modernization

Design-to-test analytics software accelerates workflow modernization
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Automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation software company NI has announced new design-to-test analytics software designed to provide the foundation for modern, secure and scalable engineering data infrastructure and applications.
By Rich Pell

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Consistent with the need to fast-track product development, DataStudio software is designed to bridge critical data across the semiconductor design and test workflow. DataStudio Specification Compliance Manager (SCM), the first application in the DataStudio family, manages device specifications, connects to measurement data sources and automatically generates compliance reports.

DataStudio SCM provides a comprehensive view of the device’s conformance to target specifications, enabling better decision making and reporting, and leverages data often lost across design, validation and production test silos. By laying the groundwork with comprehensive data infrastructure, says the company, engineers gain clear and actionable insights to improve productivity and reduce the manual effort required during chip development.

In addition, the company is launching the DataStudio Bench Data Connector (BDC) validation bench test library. The BDC library provides a standardized way to store validation data that is automatically compatible with the DataStudio SCM, making it easy to import bench measurement data into the compliance reporting software.

“The last several decades have focused on design and test automation, which generates a large volume of data. Our customers want to leverage this data to enable better project visibility and decision making,” says Ritu Favre, vice president and general manager of the Semiconductor and Electronics Business Unit at NI. “We’re at a tipping point. The volume of data and the pressure to use that data is immense, and our customers are looking for solutions to work across the whole flow now.”

“With simulators today, it’s difficult to tell where the problem lies with semiconductor prototypes if they are not meeting all the specifications,” says Favre. “Is it a particular part that’s defective? Was it something in the manufacturing process that didn’t go right? Is it a fundamental flaw in the design?” Ritu explained. “To debug that, engineers must work against these different silos, using different tools from different vendors with different data sets. We’re breaking down those barriers.”

DataStudio, says the company, takes a modern, software-connected approach to design and test data with engineers’ needs at the center. It is available in both on-premise and in-the-cloud deployment.

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