FRAMINGHAM, Mass. Dafca Inc., a startup provider of EDA software tools, has received an Advanced Technology Program (ATP) grant of $1.9 million from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The money is to fund a three-year program to extend the applicability of the company's reconfigurable infrastructure platform for system-on-chip devices.
Dafca, (Design Automation for Flexible Chip Architecture) first emerged in December 2003.
"We are very pleased that ATP shares our view that a breakthrough in SoC debug and fix that results in faster time-to-volume production of next generation devices will make a significant contribution to our country's economy," said Peter Levin, Dafca's president and CEO, in a statement.
Levin is a former adviser to the Clinton White House with a background in academia and venture capital. Dafca co-founder and chief technology officer, Miron Abramovici, will lead the effort as principal investigator, DAFCO said.
Dafca merges conventional ASIC technology with reconfigurable logic. The company's pre-silicon tools insert nfrastructure intellectual property (IP) in the form of a distributed reconfigurable fabric into an SoC during its design process.
Initially funded by private investors, this technology has attracted customers and technology development partners, said Dafca.
The company said it would apply ATP funding to address the challenge of incorporating design assertions into the basic reconfigurable system with a view to shortening debug and error correction cycles.