Original Post Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A lot of clients have been expressing interest in modeling ASICs, FPGAs, and various other electronic modules inside TruePlanning® (TP). In the release of TruePlanning® 2014 there will now be the capability to model all these products inside our framework. Not only will you be able to model these products but you will of course be able to model the integration cost of these electronic components with Hardware and Software components. In addition you would be able to add and estimate the program management of your total project through our integrated framework.

TruePlanning Microcircuits is designed to provide development and production costs/schedule estimates for:

  • Electronic modules
  • Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs)
  • Multi-Chip Modules (MCMs)
  • Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs)
  • Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs)
  • Full Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)
  • Full, custom-developed microcircuit chips

This will be done and modeled with three components in the Microcircuit catalog:

  • Module (Parent) - used to estimate the development and production (design and manufacturing) costs & schedule of the printed circuit board and the active electronic components populating the module, including the packaging requirements.
  • Chip (Microcircuit) (Child) - used to estimate custom and semi-custom microcircuit development & production costs/schedule.
  • Component (Child) – used to estimate normally readily-available off the shelf common components that are used in a wide range of modules in which, captures component functional & physical characteristics.

With the Module components listed above you will be able to estimate costs at the module level circuit design and layout, components, module fabrication, packaging and interconnection and assembly and test.  The Microcircuit component helps with processes involved in design and fabrication such as Chip Functional Specification, Detailed circuit design and simulation, layout, prototype fabrication, production fabrication.

So if you have been waiting for this implementation your prayers have been answered.