SOURCE: Real Intent

Real Intent

June 18, 2009 11:22 ET

Real Intent Welcomes Pranav Ashar Back as CTO

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - Real Intent, Inc., the innovator in automating the intelligence of formal technologies for electronic design verification, announced today that Pranav Ashar is rejoining Real Intent as the Chief Technology Officer.

"We are very excited to welcome Pranav back to the Real Intent family," commented Prakash Narain, CEO of Real Intent. "As we are increasing our product offerings by creating innovative solutions to address customer design challenges, Pranav's expertise in formal technology and his vision will lead us into the future."

"I am extremely pleased to be a part of the Real Intent team again," stated Pranav Ashar. "As its numerous customers will testify, Real Intent has clearly demonstrated that the judicious application of formal methods in VLSI design measurably improves designer productivity and lowers design time. With at least five more technology-shrink generations and much greater system-level complexity on a chip on the anvil, I look forward to working with Real Intent to develop new technologies to improve designer productivity and mitigate design risk."

About Pranav Ashar

Dr. Pranav Ashar brings two decades of EDA expertise to Real Intent. Pranav received his M.S. and Ph.D. in EECS with emphasis on EDA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and 1991, respectively. He then joined NEC Labs in Princeton, NJ where he developed a number of EDA technologies that have influenced the industry. One of his important accomplishments there was in raising the prominence of formal methods in VLSI design through the creation of a very successful Verification Department and the development and widespread deployment in EDA tools of practical methods for formal verification. Through his leadership, the department also parlayed its formal methods expertise into practical methods for formal analysis in software engineering that have been deployed in the field. Pranav also created a successful department at NEC Labs for the application of automata and machine learning methods in the management of large-scale distributed systems. Pranav previously served as CTO at Real Intent from 2004 through 2006. In the interim, he served as CTO at a mobile-phone security company called NetFortis that he co-founded for which he developed low-energy high-performance algorithms for malware detection, and Chief Scientist at a simulation acceleration company called Liga Systems that was based on technology developed by him at NEC Labs for custom-VLIW based parallel simulation that was recently able to demonstrate a reduction in simulation time from 21 days to about 1 day on a 25 Million gate design. Pranav has authored about 70 publications in refereed conferences and journals with approximately 800 citations, and co-authored a book titled "Sequential Logic Synthesis." He has 35 patents granted and pending, many of which have been licensed or part of business enablement. Pranav has been on committees of ICCD, ICCAD and IWLS. He was ICCD Program Chair in 2004 and 2005, and ICCD General Chair in 2006. Pranav is an adjunct faculty in the CSEE department at Columbia University where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on VLSI design automation, VLSI Verification, and VLSI design. Pranav has also taught a graduate course on Switching Theory in the EE department at Princeton University.

About Real Intent

Real Intent is extending breakthrough formal technology to critical problems encountered by design and verification teams worldwide. Real Intent's products dramatically improve the functional verification efficiency of leading-edge application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) devices. Over 40 major electronics design houses worldwide use Real Intent software.

Real Intent is headquartered at 505 North Mathilda Avenue, Suite 210, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, phone: (408) 830-0700 fax: (408) 737-1962, web:, e-mail:

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