CEO Interview: Dr. Chouki Aktouf of Defacto

CEO Interview: Dr. Chouki Aktouf of Defacto
by Daniel Nenni on 11-13-2020 at 6:00 am

Defacto CEO Interview Chouki Aktouf

“For more than 18 years, we never stopped innovating at Defacto. We are aware of EDA Mantra “Innovate or Die!”. Innovation is in our DNA, and we never stopped adding new automated capabilities to the SoC design community to help facing complexity and cost challenges, which increase every year.”

Before founding Defacto… Read More


A SoC Design Flow With IP-XACT

A SoC Design Flow With IP-XACT
by Ranjit Adhikary on 07-27-2020 at 10:00 am

soc flow with ipxact

Taping out a SoC is never easy. The physical dimensions of the chip often belie the work which has been done to get to the tapeout stage. And it is still not a done deal as the hardware and software development teams await the arrival of the test chip from the foundry to complete the post silicon bring-up and validation. The pressure on… Read More


Build Custom SoC Assembly Platforms

Build Custom SoC Assembly Platforms
by Bernard Murphy on 02-25-2020 at 6:00 am

STAR RTL design builder

I’ve talked with Defacto on and off for several years – Chouki Aktouf (CEO) and Bastien Gratreaux (Marketing). I was in a similar line of business back in Atrenta. Now I’m just enjoying myself, I’ve written a few blogs for them. I’ll confess I wondered why they wouldn’t struggle with the same problems we’d had. Script-driven RTL editing,… Read More


IP-XACT helps you produce exactly what you need in SoC deliverables

IP-XACT helps you produce exactly what you need in SoC deliverables
by Tom Simon on 10-24-2019 at 10:00 am

If you have ever watched an experienced glass blower, your first thought is that they make it look so easy. I have had the opportunity to blow glass, and I can tell you that it is a constant struggle against temperature, time and muscles to get the glass to do anything like what you want. This is akin to what is required to take the elements… Read More


Dynamic Spectrum Allocation to Help Crowded IoT Airwaves

Dynamic Spectrum Allocation to Help Crowded IoT Airwaves
by Tom Simon on 06-26-2019 at 10:00 am

Radio frequency bandwidth has become a precious commodity, with communications companies paying top dollar for prized pieces of the spectrum. However, many radio bands are not often used efficiently. Many existing radio protocols exchange data on a fixed pair of frequencies, tying up those frequencies for other users. When… Read More


Magillem offers a practical UPF power flow

Magillem offers a practical UPF power flow
by Tom Simon on 05-28-2019 at 10:00 am

We already know that IP-Xact is extremely useful for managing IP and SOC design specifications, yet it may come as a surprise to learn that it also can be used to form the basis of a power flow too. There are design tools that read UPF to help implement and verify designs, however it can be extremely useful to understand the interplay … Read More


IP-XACT The Answer for IP Reuse

IP-XACT The Answer for IP Reuse
by Tom Simon on 04-09-2019 at 7:00 am

To a lawyer, the term intellectual property means just about anything intangible that has value. However, when you bring that term up in the context of semiconductor design, it means something pretty specific to most people. Yet the implied meaning of the term intellectual property (IP) within the semiconductor field has changed… Read More


Enabling Complex System Design Environment

Enabling Complex System Design Environment
by Alex Tan on 08-15-2018 at 12:00 pm

Deterministic, yet versatile. Robust and integrated, yet user-friendly and easily customizable. Those are some desirable characteristics of an EDA solution as the boundaries of our design optimization, verification and analysis keep shifting. A left shift driven by a time-to-market schedule compression, while the process… Read More


Embracing Architectural Intent

Embracing Architectural Intent
by Alex Tan on 04-10-2018 at 12:00 pm

During DVCon 2018 in San Jose, one topic widely covered was the necessity of describing and capturing intent. Defining our design intent up-front is crucial to the overall success of a design implementation. It is not limited to applying a process level intent, such as the use of verification intent with embedded assertions in … Read More