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Defacto at the 2024 Design Automation Conference

Defacto at the 2024 Design Automation Conference
by Daniel Nenni on 06-20-2024 at 10:00 am

DAC 2024 BannerDefacto continues to confirm its SoC Compiler as becoming the “de facto” SoC integration solution for large SoC designs. This year they are coming to DAC to share customer success stories of building the largest SoCs in the market from specification to RTL + collaterals such as UPF by including thousands of IP cores! All done within in less than an hour! It’s quite impressive to see this kind of results because with such short runtime, designers can afford to rerun several configurations in a single day!

Beyond RTL, SoC Compiler is now fully supporting all IP-XACT versions. In particular, even though their specialty remains RTL, they now offer full support for the IP-XACT format with joint management between the two formats. This joint management has enabled several major semiconductor companies to increase their use of the tool and test it on very complex designs.

This year, Defacto also closely collaborated with Arm to offer a joint and fully automated SoC generation solution. Indeed, if you have seen Arm’s latest announcements on their new IP configuration and SoC architecture description tool called IP Explorer, Defacto’s SoC Compiler tool is automatically plugged in order to generate Arm-based SoCs described by the user. In summary, this joint IP Explorer/SoC Compiler solution is the shortest path from defining ARM-based system architecture to implementation and design verification.

This year at DAC, Defacto is also promoting the ease of use of its solution, especially with its Python APIs. It’s true that today the use of Python is increasingly frequent, particularly among young engineers. Python also offers a wide range of advantages, such as: its very active community, ease of debugging, execution speed (compared to Tcl), and the vast number of available open-source libraries. Therefore, it can no longer be ignored in the use of EDA tools, and it is no longer possible to continue making Tcl and Python coexist in design flows knowing the heaviness of the process. Defacto made the choice two decades ago to build its software so that Python would be a built-in API, and today this allows many users to benefit from the power of this language. Defacto estimates that today more than 60% of its users switched to its Python API.

Last and not least, Defacto is revealing at this DAC and for the first time AI prediction capabilities with an opportunity for only few customers to start experimenting in 2024 unique capabilities and adding predictability to complex SoC design projects.

As a conclusion, Defacto’s solution has greatly progressed since last DAC, and this DAC looks promising if we consider these first announcements.

Defacto will be exhibiting at DAC, June 24-26 at first floor (booth #1528), Their technical experts will be present to provide more detailed product update. Make sur to contact them here (https://defactotech.com/contact)  to schedule a meeting at their booth. Hope to see you there!

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