Pro Design

The privately held company was founded in 1981 by Helmut Mahr and has over 90 employees worldwide, with various facilities for research, design, and sales in Germany, France and the U.S. The headquarters of the parent company Pro Design Electronic GmbH is located near Munich, Germany. The US headquarters is located in San Jose, CA.

The company's products and services include the 'CHIPit' family of hardware-assisted verification tools, industrial image processing tools, hardware/software development, and manufacturing and assembling of electronics devices with subsequent functional testing.

In the past, Pro Design was the Central European distributor of Mentor Graphics' EDA tools for more than five years, served as sales channel for Cadence's PCB tools for two years, and therefore has gained long-term experience and know-how in the EDA industry.

With a reputation for quickly creating complex designs with high quality and reliability, Pro Design has become the proven source for customers requiring comprehensive and reliable solutions. Equipped with its own assembly line and test lab, Pro Design is capable of meeting the delivery requirements of its customers by fulfilling all project phases with on demand development and production.

Pro Design's CHIPit line provides an integrated set of tools with debug capabilities that provide a dual solution for hardware and software verification and validation throughout the project life cycle. Based on FPGAs, modular CHIPit platforms give design engineers unprecedented speed and flexibility to validate algorithm performance, verify hardware implementation, and assist in hardware/software co-development and co-verification to reduce the verification time dramatically. The CHIPit platforms can handle capacities up to 28 million ASIC gates and run at system speeds of up to 200 MHz.

Pro Design's CHIPit platforms have been the solution of choice for a number of customers worldwide and the company's continued new product offerings provide additional well-received solutions. Over 230 CHIPit systems are installed all over the world at customers including Infineon, Micronas, Philips Semiconductors, Sony Semiconductors, ST Microelectronics, Thomson Multimedia, etc.

To leverage the expertise of other best-in-class solution providers, Pro Design has contracted strategic relationships with companies such as Aurora, Mentor Graphics, Novas, Synopsys, Synplicity, Verific, Xilinx, to deliver integrated solutions that will speed the development process.

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