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iNU Semiconductor

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Bring Up

Discover how we can help your Product Engineers work more efficiently

Productisation

Find out how we can help your Test Engineers increase throughput and reduce the cost of test

Sustaining

Fine tuning your testing process is key to creating a higher margin, we can help you with this long term challenge

In a typical semiconductor design company there can be up to 6 different job functions responsible for the different stages of the development process. Some of these roles overlap with each other, whether that be by sharing results or by an iterative debug/improvement process. Imagine if each of these departments used its own software platform, chose its own hardware setup and maintained its own libraries of code.

 

By having a single, unified software and hardware platform these departments can work seamlessly together, utilising shared code libraries and creating easy to use PnP workspace setups.

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Issue

Disparate

Unified

Code Re-Use
Each department would have to develop and maintain its own software libraries, both for re-use and project specific.
Re-using code can save hours of development time, time better spent on your products than on the software. By having libraries of thoroughly tested, commented, and maintained code allows engineers to quickly create test programs than can then easily be shared among colleagues.
Hardware
Having multiple platforms can create issues with having multiple connection protocols (USB/Ethernet/GPIB etc.) maintaining relationships with multiple supplier technical departments, reduction in possible discounts for bulk purchasing and also sharing of hardware between departments becomes difficult.
Having a single hardware platform has many benefits, including quicker setup, streamlined calibration and reduced communication methods. Having one platform does not mean you have to choose a single vendor, for example if you standardise to an open platform such as PXI, then you can choose from National Instruments, Keysight or Rohde & Schwarz, among others.
Training
If each department has a different WoW then this requires a different on-boarding process for new recruits. It also raises the barrier to entry from other departments, thus reducing staff mobility and knowledge sharing.
One software platform means one training process, simplified on-boarding and efficient knowledge sharing among colleagues.
Administration
Maintaining multiple software platforms can be very complicated for IT departments and also an admin burden for purchasing/accounting.
With a single software platform there is only one licensing process, one update process and a cyclic update process. This makes it much easier for your IT department and your purchasing department to manage.

Why?

Check out how the aerospace industry is adopting a single testing strategy to reduce costs and increase efficiency

Ok, so this is a lot of information to take in and why should you trust us? Well we could give you examples of our achievements, references, case studies etc. but this wouldn’t be an apples to apples comparison. Every company is different; different people, different goals; different budget; different structure and so on. This is why the example above is from Aerospace and not semiconductor, because it’s easier to identify to the difficulties of a different industry that it is to a competitor.

We believe that this is the path to better growth, better profits and better products. Our aim is to guide you along this path, help you over the hurdles and then watch you grow.

This is our “why”, what’s yours?

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