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CMMI Past Awakens Semiconductor Reboot
A visit near DoD Mitre territory reinforces the need for hardware and software capability assessment in the semiconductor market.
It was one of those moments when one catches a nearby dinner conversation and immediately has a flashback. For me, that flashback was to the windy desert that surrounds a DOE superfund cleanup site in Hanford, WA. It was the beginning of the new millennium. I had just helped to develop and implement one of the first Capability Maturity Model – Integration (CMMI) projects.
Let’s return to the present. Last night, I overheard several gentlemen at dinner talking about a CMMI assessment that they were conducting. Considering my location – just outside of Boston and deep in Mitre territory (think big DoD projects) – such conversations must be commonplace.
But CMMI discussions are seldom heard in the west – especially in Silicon Valley. That will change as the semiconductor world becomes more involved with software development (see “Google’s Software Process Challenges Semiconductor IP“).
I recently found another perspective that supports my push for CMMI-type assessments in the semiconductor space. Not surprisingly, this perspective comes from the automotive electronics market (“CMMI in Semiconductor Development”). As the amount of semiconductor-based hardware and software increases in automobile electronics, so will the need for new development and assessment processes.
Combined hardware and software assessments are coming to the semiconductor industry. It’s only a matter of time.