SOURCE: Vennsa Technologies

October 04, 2011 10:00 ET

Vennsa's OnPoint Makes DeepChip's Top 5 DAC Tools List

Based on Attendee Feedback From This Year's Design Automation Conference

TORONTO--(Marketwire - Oct 4, 2011) - Attendees from this year's Design Automation Conference (DAC) ranked OnPoint™ from Vennsa Technologies Inc., the leading supplier of automated functional verification debugging and error localization software, among the Top 5 DAC Tools they thought were "hot."

"Bug hunting tools are always sexy with the users," says John Cooley, moderator of "Verification is where 70% of a chip's pain is. I think why users chose the OnPoint tool is because it's not yet another cure-all, instead it gives engineers the likely list of 'suspects' for a bug. That's neat."

"We are excited that the EDA users selected us to make it to the DeepChip's list of the DAC Top 5 tools," remarks Andreas Veneris, president and chief executive officer of Vennsa Technologies. "These reports forecast EDA trends and the community pays serious attention to them. It is also evidence of the awareness for today's costly and time-consuming manual effort behind debugging, an area Vennsa is tirelessly working to automate."

Vennsa introduced OnPoint, breakthrough verification software for automated debugging, at last year's DAC. It returned this year to demonstrate major feature updates to OnPoint for simulation failures. OnPoint with Triage, a powerful new diagnostic engine, automatically analyzes regression failures to group same error sources together for verification engineers. Other features presented this year are enhanced accuracy with "causality analysis" of failures along with an increase in design capacity and performance.

One anonymous verification engineer wrote: "With all the talk at the Vennsa booth on diagnosis and triage, I became interested because I wondering who was ill. Apparently, it's my RTL! It seems that Vennsa's 'OnPoint RTL Doctor' finds suspects (not just the usual ones) in the RTL code that is causing a particular bug in your design."

The list, published September 29, was compiled by John Cooley and can be found at:

About DeepChip
John Cooley's was founded in 1991 to give EDA users an underground forum to independently exchange EDA bugs, tips, workarounds, gossip, tool-use censuses, and hands-on reviews of commercially available EDA tools. itself is the archive of these ongoing user discussions. It has a mailing list of 30,000 chip designers, with the posts being typically twice a month. Phone: (508) 429-4357. Website:

About Vennsa
Vennsa Technologies Inc. is dedicated to the automation of debugging and error localization. Its breakthrough OnPoint™ tool is the industry's only automated debugging software that localizes the source of functional errors without any user guidance. When failures occur, OnPoint performs root cause analysis to quickly identify the source of errors and provides error fixes so the user can remove the bugs. Vennsa is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with dedicated sales and support teams in the United States and in Japan. Telephone: (408) 400-3708. Email: Website:

OnPoint is a trademark of Vennsa Technologies Inc. Vennsa Technologies Inc. acknowledges trademarks or registered trademarks of other organizations for their respective products and services.

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