That’s precisely where Fractal Technologies comes in with their groundbreaking quality analysis (QA) tool—Crossfire. “Our QA tool can find and report inconsistencies in the design format and report it to the concerned parties to enable timely changes and prevent delays in the design cycle,” says Rene Donkers, co-founder and CEO of Fractal Technologies. With Fractal’s QA software, IP design teams can quickly bring new formats on-stream in their characterization flows, prevent discrepancies in the design format, and enable faster and more effective IC development.
Founded in 2010, Fractal Technologies is a privately-owned company that prides itself on achieving market leader status in the semiconductor IP validation arena without relying on venture capital. Today, the company has offices across the globe, including Austin, TX, San Jose, CA, and several others in France, Netherlands, among others with partner distributors in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Korea. Fractal also has a state-of-the-art research and development establishment near Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
According to Donkers, his company’s success can be attributed to its customer-focused approach on operational expansion.
Our QA tool can find and report inconsistencies in the design format and report it to the concerned parties to enable timely changes and prevent delays in the design cycle
With such unparalleled capabilities, Fractal has ignited several success stories in the realm of semiconductor IP validation. In one instance, the company assisted a client that had previously missed their release window to enhance the efficiency of their IP validation process. Initially, the customer’s internal IP validation solution overlooked a design error that caused a delay of seven months in the final release of the product. “And with Crossfire’s user-friendly implementation and intuitive features, the client was able to release all their future products without any hiccups in the release schedule,” adds Donkers. He also mentions another use case where Crossfire helped a customer unify their IP validation processes across multiple design teams located in different geographies.
Moving forward, Fractal aims to release a new solution—IPdelta—that can analyze two versions of an IP block and help IC integrators identify the IP core that is best-suited to their design format. Donkers continues to say that the release of IPdelta will mark a big change in Fractal, which has been a one-product company since its inception. Furthermore, he states his plan to further expand the functionalities of the Crossfire solution and ensure that it remains in lockstep with the ever-evolving technological advancements. To conclude, Donkers reiterated the importance of gathering a highly competent and passionate team, “We can guarantee an effective addition of value in our clients’ IP validation processes because all our offerings are backed by our team and its 100-year accumulated experience.”