DeFacto - The Shortest Path to Synthesis-Ready RTL

Defacto – is an innovative EDA company providing RTL platforms to enhance IP Integration, Design Verification & RTL Signoff of IP cores and SoC’s. DeDacto EDA solutions help solve design problems in different areas such as SoC integration, low power, clock verification, RTL signoff, ECO and DFT.

The following article in DeepChip was written by a DeFacto user. Read to see how easy and time saving are DeFacto tools

STAR – The RTL Platform

Traditionally, designers have used various insertion methods for RTL logic, by combining either manual or semi automated RTL insertion with post synthesis gate level insertion. Design verification is directly impacted by such a process: late design verification, error prone when designers intervene manually on gate-level netlists, break or modify timing paths, etc.

Inserting automatically different structures (ports, connections, memories & glue logic) fully at RTL avoids such problems, and most importantly helps in
verifying complex IP cores and SoCs early in the design flow. In conjunction with automated RTL insertion tools, extendible and simulation-free design verification tools working at RTL (checking port connections like for memories, clock gating logic, pin Muxing, clock trees, etc.) are required.

STAR is a fully customizable Tcl-based RTL-to-RTL editing and verification platform. It supports both RTL and gate-level. STAR can be considered as an add-on toolbox to current design and verification EDA flows

Leading semiconductor companies are finding in STAR the best platform in the market to get rid of difficult to maintain internal Perl/Tcl scripts with unique extension capabilities. With STAR, a designer has no longer needs to write or maintain Perl or Tcl scripts for custom RTL + gate editing. Instead they have direct access to built-in editing and verification mechanisms with powerful and unique extension capabilities. Also, a user can build a regression type environment and use it in a press button mode in case of any design change.