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.