In our Momentum Conference, we covered some of the new features and enhancements in Tensoft fabless semiconductor management software, Tensoft SemiOps. These features and enhancements help improve productivity, making life easier for our customers.
One feature that had significant enhancements in the latest release was the Production Release Workflow. This is an approval system that can be set up in Production Releases for better PR management. If you need management oversight of any particular releases, you can set up your workflow so that they go through the approval system before they are actually released.
The key thing for the success of this process-based workflow is the setup. You can set that up by stage – Fab, Sort, Test and Assembly – and then by the amount and approvers for each stage. If it exceeds the set amount, Tensoft SemiOps will send out the approval request to the approver designated in the system. Or, if you want to set approvals for every PR that comes out, you can set the amount to zero. And, if there is more than one approver, there is a workflow escalation process, as well as an escalation limit available.
Once the PR email is sent out, approvers can either approve or reject it as well as add any additional notes. Approvers can click on the ‘Go To Approval Screen’ button in the email and upon successful login go directly to the PR report for approval.
Approval History or WF History
With the workflow feature, you also have the ability to check the Approval History.
It allows you to see what’s going on in the background. You can see the date that it was sent out, the approver email it was sent out to, its current status and comments, if any. For example, if a PR is denied due to excessive quantity, you’ll see that comment added by the approver.