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Concept Engineering and Vtool Team Up to Deliver a Unique, Next-Generation Debug Solution

Two Leading EDA Data Visualization Companies Combine Technologies to Address the Widening Debug Gap for Block and SoC Designs

Freiburg, Germany – March 24, 2022 – Vtool Smart Verification and Concept Engineering today announced a partnership to deliver a unique EDA visualization solution for the semiconductor industry by connecting their advanced technologies Cogita™ and StarVision PRO™/RTLvision PRO™, creating a next-generation, unified Application Specific Integration Circuit (ASIC) and System on Chip (SoC) debug solution.

Cogita is a visual verification debug tool enabling the easy navigation and manipulation of big log files generated during the verification process. It leverages machine learning algorithms to classify data to provide conclusions and insights, while supporting the sharing of information across the team and throughout the project lifecycle.

StarVision PRO/RTLvision PRO is an integrated debugging cockpit for mixed-signal and digital design that makes analysis and debugging of complex SoC and ASIC designs more transparent given advanced visualization technologies.

Combining these approaches enables the simultaneous and seamless debug of both design and testbench code. The single, integrated solution allows engineers to quickly navigate from advanced log file displays to capable waveform analysis tools and vice versa, with the ability to simultaneously focus on the status of the design and verification environment at any time-point. This makes root cause error analysis far more efficient than previously possible.

“We have been working together with Concept Engineering to combine the advanced visualization capabilities of our Cogita technology with Concept Engineering's broadly used RTLvision PRO and StarVision PRO to solve the increasing challenges of chip design complexities,” said Hagai Arbel, CEO, Vtool Smart Verification. “We are proud to have established this unique synergy that will shorten debug cycles, a significant component of chip development today, while increasing the confidence of first-time-right silicon.”

“While debug remains a major time sink in semiconductor development cycles, there has been little change in the solutions used for this task in many years,” noted Gerhard Angst, Concept Engineering's CEO. “Both of our companies have produced highly effective visualization technologies that, when combined, will refresh the way we debug the next generation of semiconductors going forward.”

About Vtool

Vtool Smart Verification answers the ever-increasing need for faster, more reliable ASIC and FPGA development cycles. Operating out of Israel, France, Serbia, Greece and Poland, Vtool is the verification EDA company that invented the disruptive debug solution Cogita, and an established ASIC design house that offers cutting-edge development services.

Vtool's Cogita is a first-of-its-kind debug platform, applying visual analysis principles and machine learning algorithms to dramatically optimize simulation debug. It has been instrumental to the success of several complex ASIC projects worldwide. For more information, please visit thevtool.com or contact info@thevtool.com.

About Concept Engineering

Concept Engineering is a privately held company, based in Freiburg, Germany. It was founded in 1990 to develop and market innovative, automated schematic generation and viewing technology. The company's mission is to simplify and accelerate the electronic product development, manufacturing and service value chain by delivering the world's best automatic schematic generation, visualization and debug technology. The company is working with many customers, including commercial Electronic Design Automation tool vendors and in-house CAD departments, as well as development teams for SoC/IC, mixed-signal and FPGA designs. The company has also been particularly successful solving unique challenges for automotive/aeronautical electronic development and service groups. For more information, visit www.concept.de.

Cogita is a registered trademark of Vtool Smart Verification. StarVision PRO and RTLvision PRO are registered trademarks of Concept Engineering. Both companies acknowledge trademarks or registered trademarks of other organizations for their respective products and services.