Believe it or not, methodology is more than just using UVM. With that in mind, we are expanding the scope of our “Recipe of the Month” webinars. This is the first session with this new focus.
As the saying goes, "What doesn't get measured might not get done." And that is certainly true when trying to determine a design project's verification progress, or trying to answer the question "Are we done?" Whether your simulation methodology is based on a directed testing approach or constrained-random verification, to understand your verification progress you need to answer the following questions:
Coverage is the metric we use during simulation to help us answer these questions. Once coverage metrics become an integral part of our verification process, it opens up the possibility for more accurate project schedule predictions, as well as providing a means for optimizing our overall verification process. Unfortunately, using coverage effectively is a lot easier said than done. Recent survey data show that 72% of projects claim to be using functional coverage, but that includes projects that may only be using 9 coverage points for a multi-million gate design (an actual case).
This webinar will outline a comprehensive coverage strategy that will help you implement effective functional coverage for your project. We will begin with a discussion of the different kinds of coverage, and explain how to go from a functional specification to a coverage model, ensuring that your coverage code gives results that are easy to interpret. From there, we will review several examples that illustrate effective functional coverage for various applications, including bus protocol coverage, register-based block-level coverage and datapath coverage. Please come and join us.