Mentor Graphics, now a Siemens company, markets software for the semiconductor industry that collects data related to the testing of semiconductors during the manufacturing process and then analyzes and presents the data in graphs and charts that are meaningful to the testing engineers. The sooner the information could be presented to test engineers the less product that would need to be scrapped when errors were found and therefore the potential savings were tremendous.
The company needed a lightweight solution to present large amounts of data. To identify the manufacturing defects in the timeliest manner, the test results needed to be gathered in a real-time fashion and the data processed directly on the test machines. These machines require most of their processing power to be devoted to the testing itself and therefore can’t have additional software installed that would impact the testing process negatively. Additionally, the semiconductor manufacturers charge their customers by test cycles (actual time) on the testing machines, so any processes impacting the efficiency of the testing software was strictly out of the question.
The technical leadership at Mentor Graphics knew they would need to use cutting edge technologies that were both platform agnostic and could process large amounts of data with minimal server resources. They also knew that they didn’t have enough software engineering bandwidth to handle building the needed real-time viewer solution and their existing staff didn’t have the time to learn the new technologies that were needed.
Mentor Graphics chose to partner with Small Footprint to address these needs. Small Footprint had existing expertise in the subject areas and could devote time to quickly ramp-up on the business challenge and the technical skills required to develop an appropriate solution. Additionally, the project needed to get started without having the technology or the solution completely figured out, so Small Footprint’s expertise with Agile Scrum was critical to being able to get started and flex both resources, skills, and technical solutions quickly.
Mentor Graphics, acquired by Siemens on March 30, 2017, delivered a market leading solution with compelling return on investment for their clients.