DFX is a logic synthesis tool and gate level simulator for circuit descriptions in VHDL and other hardware description languages. Besides that, DFX contains modern fault simulators and automatic test pattern generators for computer aided testing of integrated circuits.
The project in detail:
The main objective of DFX is to provide free open source software in the electronic design automation field. By doing so DFX can be seen as a door opener for education and teaching as the used algorithms are open to the public and not black boxed like in the tools of huge companies. Due to this openness it is easy for interested people to learn what's happening inside of modern tools and to be used as a starting point for future approaches and improvements. Another goal is to bring assisted coding known from java coding tools to the design-entry. At long sight DFX wants to become a widespread open source eda tool that integrates all major parts of the design flow into a combined framework that assists the user during his tasks and helps researches to explore new ideas.