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TI

Goals:

  • Ensure that the micro-electronics vital to U.S.defense re readily available.
  • Reduce the time to produce silicon wafers from 30 days to three, and the cost from hundreds of millions to $30 million.

Challenge: 

Provide a development environment that:
  • Exploits the power, flexibility, and price-performance of client-server computing.
  • Has a customizable graphical user interface to meet customers’ varying needs.
  • Can be easily maintained and updated throughout its life cycle.
  • Supports agile, short cycle-time manufacturing strategies.

Solution: Cincom® VisualWorks®

Results:

  • TI developed the first fully integrated CIMprototype in just six months, including training time.
  • TI met the Defense Department’s project goals.
  • TI was able to reuse up to 80% of its code without modification and 10% with minimal changes.
  • Smalltalk fulfilled requirements for both the prototype and the full-scale CIM system, including reduced time and effort to create user interfaces.
  • TI increased its ability to rapidly respond to customer-requested changes.