SANTA CRUZ, Calif. Seeking to expand its marketing and sales reach worldwide, French electronic system level (ESL) tool provider CoFluent Design has secured $2.6 million (U.S.) in series A venture funding.
CoFluent Design provides CoFluent Studio, an ESL modeling and simulation environment that lets designers predict behavior and performance through system-level modeling and simulation. It produces executable system specifications for hardware and software design, and captures system design expertise in model libraries. The current version 2.0 supports SystemC.
CoFluent introduced CoFluent Studio in late 2003. CoFluent was launched earlier that year by Vincent Perrier, director, who previously worked as an applications engineer at Wind River Systems Inc.; Stephane Leclercq, CEO, who previously worked for Motorola's Computer Group; and Jean-Paul Calvez, chief scientist, a professor at the University of Nantes (France). Calvez created the hardware/software co-design methodology on which CoFluent Studio is based.
Leclercq described CoFluent Studio as an architectural development solution that enables the creation of performance-optimized hardware/software partitioning. It uses high-level, timed functional models and generates transaction-level SystemC code. "Unlike any other commercial ESL solution, we actually model the behavior of the application instead of co-simulating hardware models with the real software code," Leclerq claimed.
The new round of funding, Leclerq said, is aimed at bringing CoFluent's ESL solution to a worldwide market, and to furthering R&D efforts. He said CoFluent has been selling in the U.S. since 2004 and plans to set up an office here, but declined to name any U.S. customers.
The new funding was led by Emertec Gestion, a French venture capital firm specializing in microelectronics. Participants in the round also included BNP Paribas Private Equity and UFG Private Equity. Prior to the funding, CoFluent had secured seed money from European Union funds for R&D, and had signed corporate-level software licensing agreements with a mobile terminal manufacturer and a semiconductor platform provider for mobile terminals.