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Defacto Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary by Opening US Silicon Valley Office to Support Demand for Synthesis-Ready RTL

Achieves Transition From DFT to RTL Design Space

GRENOBLE, FRANCE and SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/12/13 -- Defacto Technologies, the leading provider of RTL platforms that help achieve early design and DFT closure, today announced the opening of its US branch in Silicon Valley and the incorporation of Defacto Technologies, Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of Defacto Technologies SA. This milestone reflects Defacto's commitment to U.S.-based customers and its successful transition from DFT tool provider to RTL design space leader. The company also celebrated another milestone by reaching its ten-year anniversary in the EDA business.

"We see the opening of our Silicon Valley office as a key milestone in our strategy to grow globally and an opportunity to establish Defacto as an emerging leader in the RTL design space," said Chouki Aktouf, Defacto Technologies co-founder and CEO. "Today, we are helping designers at major IDMs shorten design cycles and achieve design closure at RTL. US designers and CAD teams will find in Defacto's offering the flexibility to cover a wide range of RTL design needs, whether the focus is SoC integration, low power, clock verification, RTL signoff, ECO or DFT."

From DFT to RTL design space: a 10-year journey

Crowning ten years of innovation is STAR, Defacto's flagship fully-customizable RTL-to-RTL editing and verification platform that helps designers achieve the shortest path to synthesis-ready RTL. Launched in 2008, STAR has already been adopted by the TOP 10 communication chip companies and is poised to become the de-facto RTL platform in the near future.

First introduced in 2005, SIGNOFF, its RTL DFT solution allows earlier DFT analysis and enhancement at the block, the IP core and the top levels and makes possible RTL DFT exploration. It has been used by a large variety of companies.

In 2003, Dr. Chouki Aktouf co-founded Defacto Technologies to market a unique design-for-test (DFT) technology developed under his leadership at the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (INPG-France). Over the next few years, the company raised venture funding from two major investors in France, namely Innovacom and CIC-CM.

"Defacto is a rare example of a company that successfully executed a pivot: under the leadership of Chouki Aktouf, the team leveraged its expertise in RTL gained through its initial DFT offering to create a truly innovative RTL editing and verification platform. The adoption of the STAR platform by key US semiconductor companies has been nothing short of exceptional and will accelerate with the opening of its office in Silicon Valley," said Michel Courtoy, Defacto board member and experienced EDA executive.

About Defacto

Defacto Technologies is an innovative chip design software company providing breakthrough RTL platforms to enhance IP integration, design verification and RTL signoff of IP cores and system-on-chips(SoC). Defacto's EDA solutions help solve design problems in areas such as SoC integration, low power, clock verification, RTL signoff, ECO and DFT. Founded in 2003, the company has offices near Grenoble, France, and in Sunnyvale, California, USA, and sales offices in China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Israel and Europe. For more information, please visit www.defactotech.com

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DFT: Design for Test
RTL: Register Transfer Level
SoC: Systems-on-Chip

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