GLOBALFOUNDRIES Accelerates Time to Market and Innovation with Integrated Product-Lifecycle-Management and Enterprise-Visualization Solutions
 
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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Accelerates Time to Market and Innovation with Integrated Product-Lifecycle-Management and Enterprise-Visualization Solutions

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a full-service semiconductor foundry with a global footprint. Launched in March 2009, the company quickly grew to be the second-largest foundry in the world, providing a unique combination of advanced technology and manufacturing to more than 160 customers. With operations in Singapore, Germany, and the United States, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the only foundry that offers the flexibility of having secure manufacturing centers that span three continents.

With the company’s acquisition of Chartered Semiconductor in late 2009, GLOBALFOUNDRIES acquired Oracle’s AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional for Agile, Agile Product Quality Management, Agile Product Collaboration, and Agile Product Portfolio Management.

Operating in the extremely competitive semiconductor manufacturing sector, GLOBALFOUNDRIES must focus simultaneously on innovation and operational efficiency. With AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional for Agile—an easy-to-use and robust enterprise visualization solution—thousands of employees have instant, Web-based access to semiconductor product information and documentation to bridge the gap between mechanical computer-aided design and electronic design automation, which extends the reach of product information and computer aided design (CAD) data to all enterprise users. By enhancing cross-functional and departmental collaboration earlier in the product development cycle, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is improving innovation and productivity, reducing errors, and accelerating time to market. Prebuilt integration between the AutoVue platform and Agile product lifecycle management applications provides GLOBALFOUNDRIES with a unified product data repository and document visualization solution that gives thousands of employees access to accurate engineering information and product designs without putting customers’ valuable intellectual property at risk.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from GLOBALFOUNDRIES

  • “Oracle’s AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional for Agile, which we use for document visualization, and its Agile product lifecycle management solutions have helped to improve cross-functional and departmental interaction earlier in the semiconductor development cycle. This has enabled us to improve productivity, reduce errors, and accelerate time to market—supporting our mission to turn sand into gold.” – Kishan Shah, Manager, Product Lifecycle Management Practice, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

  • Deploy a single source of truth for all semiconductor product development, procurement, and design information to reduce technology costs and improve operational efficiency
  • Enhance internal collaboration between engineers and technicians, who are located in 12 facilities across three continents, to ensure constant innovation and faster time to market for the company’s semiconductor products
  • Accelerate customer-specific productization and product-tailoring projects
  • Ensure data security to protect valuable customer intellectual property (IP) with which the company has been entrusted

Solutions

  • Deployed a unified, product lifecycle management data repository and document visualization solution to provide thousands of employees with instant, Web-based access to accurate product engineering information and data
  • Enabled all employees to visualize and provide feedback regarding chip and wafer design documents, based on access privileges, for improved user productivity and accelerated time to market in the competitive and fast-paced semiconductor sector
  • Used AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional for Agile to implement a manufacturing process design that enables the company to be more collaborative and creative, ultimately driving innovation, improving customer service, and creating better business opportunities
  • Established role-based access management for technicians to enable GLOBALFOUNDRIES to protect customer IP, as most documents in the company’s Agile PLM environment contain proprietary client information
  • Enhanced internal collaboration, making it possible to allocate resources from different countries to work on the same project
  • Provided a single, integrated view of product and portfolio data, ensuring more consistent product-data-management processes, worldwide
  • Accelerated client-specific customization projects, improving time to market by sharing and the delivering accurate product information more quickly
  • Enabled 12,000 employees to view documents, especially CAD and design documents, on their desktops without the specialized software on which documents were originally created, reducing licensing and application-training costs
  • Laid the foundation to take advantage of additional AutoVue features—such as annotation features—in the future