Ponte Solutions, a Mountain View company that sells software aimed at helping chip makers make more efficient designs for the manufacturing process, has raised raised $7.5 million in a second round of funding.

The Mayfield Fund led the investment, which included U.S. Venture Partners and other private investors.

The company has now raised $17 million. Here is its statement

A snippet:

“Ponte (Italian for ‘bridge’) is all about building the bridge between design and manufacturing,” said Buehler-Garcia. “Fabs speak about the manufacturing process in terms of physical components and chemical reactions, and view products as layers; while designers speak about electrical circuits and layout polygons, and view products hierarchically. The Ponte platform translates physical, chemical, and layer-based manufacturing process variability into deviations from original design intent, something designers understand. At the same time, Ponte’s strategy is also to help fab engineers account for a range of design intent when developing and optimizing manufacturing processes and recipes…”