Andrew Dauman, vice president of engineering at Tortuga Logic, developer of hardware security solutions, is our guest in Part 3 of the five-part series, helping Verific celebrate its milestone 20th anniversary.
- Part 1: Fierce Loyalty to Verific’s Value
- Part 2: Marrying Expertise to Avoid Redoing What’s Already Been Done
- Part 3: The Silent Partner
- Part 4: Good Partnership on All Levels
- Part 5: Going the Extra Mile
- Part 6: Verific’s Value Explained
The Silent Partner
Early in its 20-year history, Verific was a thorn in Andrew Dauman’s side. That’s because Andrew was vice president of corporate applications engineering at Synplicity and knew a threat when he saw one.
Synplicity, the startup out of Mentor Graphics was developing synthesis technology for FPGA designs. Verific, he discovered, was founded in 1999 by Rob, a front-end expert at Exemplar Logic, an early competitor to Synplicity. Andrew watched as companies competing with Synplicity, such as FPGA vendors and other related companies without RTL expertise, implemented the Verific front end to accelerate the time to market for their products. Even so, Synplicity held its leadership position and today is part of Synopsys, never becoming a Verific customer. By the time Rob started Verific, notes Andrew, Synplicity had a five-year investment in its synthesis front end.
Andrew’s been at Tortuga Logic for two years now and he’s a loyal Verific customer. Verific gave Tortuga a huge advantage when it was a young company. As Andrew explains, Verific took something hard and made it into a product. The R&D investment in hardware description languages is a big one and not everyone has RTL expertise, he adds. Verific understands languages and leverages its experience with best-in-class products to create a market using its core competency. With such a reputation, Andrew believes Verific developed a whole ecosystem. “It helped nurture the ecosystem with a flexible business model, flexible products and flexible support. It’s especially apparent to a company like Tortuga Logic that’s well treated by everyone at Verific.
“I think of Verific as a silent partner. In fact, it’s been the front end to many internal development projects that’s not obvious to the outside world. Verific’s impact on the industry has never been visible, but it’s significant.”
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