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Global Unichip Corporation: Streamlining IC Design with IoT

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 Global Unichip Corporation: Streamlining IC Design with IoT - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Networks & Connectivity - 5G
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) - Application Development Platforms
Applicable Industries
  • Packaging
  • Transportation
Applicable Functions
  • Logistics & Transportation
  • Product Research & Development
Use Cases
  • Inventory Management
  • Real-Time Location System (RTLS)
  • System Integration
  • Testing & Certification
The Customer

Global Unichip Corporation (GUC)

About The Customer
Global Unichip Corporation (GUC) is a leading integrated circuit (IC) design company based in Taiwan. Founded in 1988, it is the sixth largest IC design company in the country, with a revenue of TW$9.28 billion (US$287 million) in 2008. GUC specializes in providing IC design solutions and has a global customer base. The company aims to function as a key design hub that integrates IP providers and IC design partners. It deals with the complex supply chain of the IC design industry and continually communicates, coordinates, and collaborates with various business partners such as wafer manufacturers, packaging plants, and test plants.
The Challenge
Global Unichip Corporation (GUC), Taiwan’s sixth largest integrated circuit (IC) design company, faced challenges in managing its intricate supply chain. The company aimed to function as a key design hub integrating IP providers and IC design partners. However, internal processes were disjointed with departments operating in silos and unsynchronized communication between systems. Project status reports were inaccurate due to manual weekly updates. Managing product issues was resource-intensive and problem-solving knowledge was not accumulated or compiled into a database. Furthermore, GUC needed to continually communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with various business partners such as wafer manufacturers, packaging plants, and test plants after each project completion. This necessitated a comprehensive project management integration platform to handle complex internal and external business processes.
The Solution
GUC selected Dassault Systemes’ ENOVIA V6 collaborative platform after a careful assessment. The platform offered the flexibility, open standards, scalability, and industry-specific functionality needed to tie together multi-discipline engineering groups and product development contributors. The project, initiated in 2008 and implemented in phases, gradually incorporated 20 Lotus Notes systems into ENOVIA. This highly customizable and integrated management framework provided solutions for various project requirements. The PLM system allowed GUC to access past project details to quickly prepare and submit accurate quotes for each design project. It also facilitated better team collaboration among IC design engineers and provided real-time project status information to the management team. ENOVIA also enabled external collaboration among various stakeholders and efficient allocation of staff resources, reducing communication costs.
Operational Impact
  • The implementation of ENOVIA V6 has significantly improved GUC's operational efficiency. The platform has enabled better communication and tighter coordination among various stakeholders, both internal and external. It has also facilitated the capture of the product’s lifecycle, procedures, information, and issue management, providing all project team members with immediate and accurate firsthand information. Automated real-time reports have simplified the complexity of the implementation process, giving management a complete understanding of a project’s progress and the reasons for any anomalies. The system has also helped GUC maintain its leading position in the IC design service industry by allowing it to utilize corporate resources more efficiently and substantially reduce the complexity of project control processes.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Time needed to prepare quotes has been cut from three weeks to just one week.
  • Issue resolution rate has been improved from 24% to 55% within 3 months.
  • Efficient allocation of staff resources reduced communication cost.

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