u-blox chooses Perforce Helix to support its demanding product development pipeline

Swiss-based Fabless Semiconductor Specialist Cites Perforce's Branching and Merging Capabilities as the Best of All Products Evaluated.

Perforce Software today announced that its version management system is now being deployed by u-blox, a Swiss-based fabless semiconductor provider, in association with local Perforce partner EVOCEAN. u-blox chose Perforce for its high reliability, support for distributed teams, extensibility with other systems, high performance and ease of installation. u-blox joins a global Perforce customer base of over 500,000 users in more than 10,000 organisations.

"Perforce met all the stringent criteria we had for selecting our new version management system. Its replica and proxy server gives us exceptional remote site performance at no additional cost," said Fabio Vesnaver, Manager of Strategic Purchasing and Partnerships at u-blox. "Perforce has the best branching and merging support of all systems we evaluated. Its highly granular permissions-based access gives us excellent control over usage, from branch/repository down to file level. Configuration of permissions and security also met our standards."

u-blox provides embedded positioning and wireless communication components and services for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets, with R&D centres in seven countries. The company conducts a wide range of R&D projects focusing on RF transceivers, baseband digital signal processing, embedded computing and firmware for both chip and surface-mount module products.

Like many electronics companies, u-blox is under increasing pressure to deliver new products to its customers as rapidly and efficiently as possible. It realised that version management tools can play a vital role in keeping development projects on track, particularly when multiple teams across multiple sites are involved. One of the company's current priorities is on the roll out of nextgeneration LTE modem chips and modules. "Perforce provides us with the performance we need across our very distributed environment. Its ability to handle huge binary assets means we can version any type or size file," added Vesnaver. "We are impressed at how easy installation has been and how well it integrates with our existing IT environment."

Perforce's Swiss partner, EVOCEAN, has been involved throughout the implementation. Vesnaver added, "EVOCEAN has been very helpful, giving us on-site support and expertise to ensure that deployment of the new version management system has been rapid and efficient."

About u-blox

Swiss-based u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is the global leader in positioning and wireless semiconductors for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. u-blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative personal, professional and M2M solutions quickly and costeffectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u-blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the USA. For more information, visit www.u-blox.com .

About Perforce Software

Perforce Software is trusted by industry-leading companies like Salesforce.com, SAP and the New York Stock Exchange to manage their most valuable IP. Perforce products help teams work in concert on important digital assets including software code, documents, multimedia, spreadsheets, images and more. They are unique in their ability to handle large and distributed collections of content, enabling higher productivity, lower costs, improved security and compliance. With the addition of its document collaboration tool, Commons, Perforce is now making it easy for everyone to take advantage of its powerful versioning capabilities. The company is headquartered in Alameda, California, with international operations in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. For more information, visit www.perforce.com.

About EVOCEAN

EVOCEAN GmbH is a provider of consulting, coaching, training, and development tools for systems and product development with focus in embedded systems and complex application development. The company focuses on sustainable continuous improvement across the product development lifecycle. EVOCEAN helps customers to become more agile and lean, thus lowering development costs, while improving time-to-market, collaboration and quality. With comprehensive consulting services based on experience and technical knowledge, EVOCEAN has proven methods, standards, and state-of-the-art tools to offer integrated solutions to its customers. For more information, visit www.evocean.ch.

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