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Posts tagged with 'Functional Verification'

15 Jul, 2013

Harry Foster   Effort Spent in Verification This blog is a continuation of a series of blogs that present the highlights from the 2012 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study (click here). In my previous blog (click here), I focused on design and verification reuse trends. In this blog, I focus on the controversial topic of the amount of effort spent in verification. Directly asking study participants … Read More

Functional Verification, Accellera, Verification Academy, Verification Methodology, Verification

8 Jul, 2013

Harry Foster Reuse Trends This blog is a continuation of a series of blogs that present the highlights from the 2012 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study (click here).  In my previous blog (click here), I focused on clocking and power management.  In this blog, I focus on design and verification reuse trends. As I mentioned in my prologue blog to this series (click here), one interesting trend that … Read More

Functional Verification, Reuse, Formal Verification, Verification Academy, Verification Methodology

28 Jun, 2013

Harry Foster Clocking and Power Trends In Part 2 of this series of blogs, I continued the discussion focused on design trends (click here) as identified by the 2012 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study (click here). In this blog, I continue presenting the study findings related to design trends, with a focus on clocking and power trends. Independent Asynchronous Clock Domains Figure 1 shows the percentage … Read More

Verification Academy, Verification, Verification Methodology, Functional Verification, Accellera, Wilson Research Group Study, UPF, IEEE 1801, Low Power

8 May, 2013

Harry Foster  Design Trends In my previous blog, I introduced the 2012 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study (click here). The objective of my previous blog was to provide background on this large, worldwide industry study. I will present the key findings from this study in a set of upcoming blogs.  This blog begins the process of revealing the 2012 Wilson Research Group study findings by first focusing … Read More

Functional Verification, Accellera, Verification Academy, IEEE 1800, Verification

3 May, 2013

Dave Rich A unique concept most beginners have trouble grasping about the Verilog, and now the SystemVerilog, Hardware Description Language (HDL) is the difference between wire’s (networks) and reg‘s (variables). This concept is something that every experienced RTL designer should be familiar with, but there are now many verification engineers with no prior Verilog experience trying to pick up SystemVerilog … Read More

Verification, Functional Verification, Verilog

23 Apr, 2013

Harry Foster This is the first in a series of blogs that presents the results from the 2012 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study. Study Overview In 2002 and 2004, Ron Collett International, Inc. conducted its well known ASIC/IC functional verification studies, which provided invaluable insight into the state of the electronic industry and its trends in design and verification. However, after the 2004 … Read More

UVM, Assertion-Based Verification, Formal Verification, Accellera, Verification Academy, Verification Methodology, functional coverage, Verilog, Functional Verification, VHDL

25 Feb, 2013

Dave Rich Today at this week’s DVCon 2013 conference, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and Accellera Systems Initiative (Accellera) have jointly announced the public availability of the IEEE 1800 SystemVerilog Language Reference Manual at no charge through the IEEE Get Program. As I posted a few weeks ago, the 1800-2012 is not a major revision of the standard, but does contain a few enhancements … Read More

Functional Verification, Accellera

26 Jul, 2012

Mark Olen A system-level verification engineer once told me that his company consumes over 50% of its emulation capacity debugging failures. According to him there was just no way around consuming emulators while debugging their SoC design emulation runs. In fact when failures occur during emulation, verification engineers often turn to live debugging with JTAG interfaces to the Design Under Test. This enables … Read More

Functional Verification, Instant Replay, Emulation, Verification, Verification Academy, JTAG, SoC

22 Feb, 2012

Tom Fitzpatrick In his recent post on UVM: Some Thoughts Before DVCon, Dennis outlined some great ideas about what we think should happen next for UVM. His 3rd point, “UVM needs to bridge the system domain,” is particularly relevant given the newly-formed Accellera Systems Initiative. This is actually an area we’ve been contemplating for a while here at Mentor, and as Dennis indicated, we shared our thoughts on this … Read More

Verification Methodology, Verification Academy, Functional Verification, SystemC, DVCon, UVM Connect, UVM-1.1, UVM

13 Dec, 2011

Mark Olen

Instant Replay Offers Multiple Views at Any Speed If you’ve watched any professional sporting event on television lately, you’ve seen the pressure put on referees and umpires.  They have to make split-second decisions in real-time, having viewed ultra-high-speed action just a single time.  But watching at home on television, we get the luxury of viewing multiple replays of events in question

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Verification, testbench, SoC Level Verification, Cortex, ARM, Software as a Testbench, Functional Verification, SoC

26 Jul, 2011

Mark Olen Who Doesn’t Like Faster? In my last blog post I introduced new technology called Intelligent Testbench Automation (“iTBA”).  It’s generating lots of interest in the industry because just like constrained random testing (“CRT”), it can generate tons of tests for functional verification.  But it has unique efficiencies that allow you to achieve coverage 10X to 100X … Read More

Functional Verification, Intelligent Testbench Automation, Constrained Random Test, testbench, Verification, iTBA

28 Jun, 2011

Mark Olen iTBA Introduction If you’ve been to DAC or DVCon during the past couple of years, you’ve probably at least heard of something new called “Intelligent Testbench Automation”.  Well, it’s actually not really all that new, as the underlying principles have been used in compiler testing and some types of software testing for the past three decades, but its application to electronic design verification is … Read More

Functional Verification, Intelligent Testbench Automation, functional coverage, Verification, Verification Academy, testbench

26 Jun, 2011

Harry Foster

Verification Techniques & Technologies Adoption Trends This blog is a continuation of a series of blogs, which present the highlights from the 2010 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study (for a background on the study, click here). In my previous blog (Part 8 click here), I focused on some of the 2010 Wilson Research Group findings related to design and verification language trends.

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Emulation, testbench, Functional Verification, Formal Verification

24 Jun, 2011

Tom Fitzpatrick Well, another DAC is behind us, and you know what that means. That’s right, the super-sized DAC issue of Verification Horizons is now available online. You can download the full issue or individual articles from the Verification Horizons tab at Verification Academy. Over the next few days, I’ll be highlighting some of the articles to give you a taste of the great content available directly … Read More

UVM, Verification Academy, Functional Verification, Verification Horizons

21 Apr, 2011

Dennis Brophy User Adoption of OVM Featured; Views on UVM Discussed The Mentor Graphics user group meeting, User-2-User, in Santa Clara is all set.  U2U will be held on 26 April 2011 at the Santa Clara Marriott and one of the tracks will feature functional verification after keynote presentations by Mentor’s CEO, Wally Rhines and Xilinx’s CTO, Ivo Bolsens. Registration for the event is open and is fee-free.  U2U … Read More

Functional Verification, OVM, Accellera, UVM, VIP, U2U

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