If I’ve learned anything about the software development process during my 20+ years in the EDA industry, it’s simply this: getting a software release ready for primetime is not an easy process. Depending on the application, a development and release cycle can span anywhere from a handful of months to more than a year–maybe even longer. Even with the most automated and well documented processes, there are always unexpected bumps along the way to finalizing a release. I’m sure the same can be said for most product development processes, whether hardware or software based. Naturally, the more complicated the product, the better-than-even chance the release process will have its share of surprises. But release dates, by their nature, need to be pretty firm so development teams have a schedule to work toward, and users know when to expect updated features and capabilities.
The SystemVision team typically works on a 6 to 7 month development and release cycle. Toward the end of each cycle, we run all-hands-on-deck drills in a well-orchestrated dance of development, bug fix, and test activities that continues right up until Engineering begins the final release process. We recently finished our latest pre-release activities, and I’m happy to announce that SystemVision 5.7 is now available for download from Mentor Graphics’ SupportNet website. Kudos to the SystemVision Engineering team for getting the release out, even with the usually busy holiday season.
Visit Mentor Graphics’ SupportNet site to learn more about the SystemVision 5.7 release. If you have a SupportNet login, click here to read the release highlights, or click here to download the release. If you don’t have a SupportNet login, click here to request one.