IBM has created an online collaborative environment for its largest custom microelectronic customers.
Participants are able to develop and tweak chip designs that are placed in a secure environment on the web.
The programme aims to ease time to market pressures by providing a real-time collaborative environment. Current custom chip development processes require detailed and time-consuming exchange of data, tools and technical information.
A Big Blue spokesman said: "IBM introduced the web-based design tool because it is committed to helping its custom chip customers work more smoothly and efficiently, reducing time to market delays and cutting project costs."
A Java-capable web browser enables users to share chip information with IBM engineers and access design kits, software tools and other product information. The web-based development environment supports custom chip offerings from IBM's Blue Logic ASIC design system.
IBM plans to roll out the internet design environment to a set of pilot application specific integrated circuit customers by the end of June and also plans to include customers who design the so-called system-on-a-chip devices that combine several functions on one chip.
The company has also launched a similar offering for its PowerPC processor customers. It is working with existing independent engineering websites, including TechOnline, Design&Reuse and DevelopOnline, to provide online development, remote evaluation, testing resources and e-learning materials.
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