Company Background

Defacto Technologies is an innovative chip design software company providing breakthrough RTL platforms to enhance integration, verification and Signoff of IP cores and System on Chips. 

After more than 10 years of recognized leadership in Design for Test at RTL, Defacto is now offering a complete EDA solution based on generic EDA tools to cover advanced Design Restructuring, Design Verification, Low Power Design, IP Integration & RTL Signoff needs.  

The company headquarters are based in Grenoble in France and has a worldwide representation.  Since 2013 Defacto Inc. the company US branch is continuously growing with a local technical and a business team.

Historically, the development of Defacto’s technology was began at the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (INPG-France) in 1997, under the leadership of Chouki Aktouf, PhD.

More than 18 man-years of work were invested in Defacto's unique DFT technology. Dr. Aktouf and his team did the early market assessment and established proof of concept by working with a large European semiconductor manufacturer to validate the benefits of the company's technology.

In 2003, Dr. Aktouf, Michel Oger, Philippe Duchene, and James Girand founded Defacto and the company raised Series A to D from two major investors in France, namely Innovacom and CIC-CM.

Also since the start of the company, Defacto received strong support from French’s government through the OSEO Agency now known as BPI.