C2 Design Automation, doing business as Forte Design Systems, was formed in the merger of two electronic design automation (EDA) software companies, Chronology and CynApps. Forte offers semiconductor design software, including a behavioral synthesis package, that allows chip engineers to work at higher levels of abstraction, shaving time off design projects. Among the company's customers are NXP , Oki Semiconductor , Seiko Epson , and Toshiba . C2 Design has raised nearly $19 million in private equity funding. Investors in the company include 3i US , Infinity Capital, Saints Capital, and U.S. Venture Partners .