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Automating Software-Driven Hardware Verification with Questa inFact

Overview

Today’s complex designs increasingly include at least one, and often more, embedded processors. Given software’s increasing role in the overall design functionality, it has become increasingly important to leverage the embedded processors in verifying hardware/software interactions during system-level verification. Comprehensively verifying low-level hardware/software interactions early in the verification process helps to uncover bugs that otherwise would be uncovered during operating system or application bring-up – potentially in the lab. Characterizing, debugging, and correcting this type of bug is easier, faster, and thus less expensive, early in the verification cycle.

Recently announced, Questa inFact intelligent software-driven verification (iSDV) functionality enables automation of embedded C tests to comprehensively verify hardware/software integration in single- and multi-core SoC designs.

What You Will Learn

  • Challenges of verifying SoC hardware/software integration
  • How Questa inFact iSDV automates comprehensive hardware/software verification
  • How iSDV helps to find hardware/software integration bugs early in simulation and emulation, instead of in the prototype lab
     

About the Presenter

Presenter Image Matthew Ballance

Matthew Ballance is a Verification Technologist at Mentor Graphics for the Design Verification Technology division, specializing in the inFact Intelligent Testbench Automation tool. He has 12 years of experience in the EDA industry, and has previously worked in the areas of HW/SW Co-verification and transaction-level modeling.

Who Should Attend

  • Verification Engineers and Managers

Products Covered

Technical Requirements

What do I need to watch and hear this web seminar?

Mentor Graphics’ web seminars are delivered using Adobe Connect. You will be able to login to the seminar room 15 minutes prior to the start time on the day of the presentation. You can hear the audio using your computer’s speakers via VoIP (Voice over IP) and background music will play prior to the beginning of the presentation.

Detailed system requirements

Microsoft® Windows

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3 or later
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor and 512MB of RAM

Mac OS X, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7.4, 10.8

  • Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor and 512MB of RAM

Linux

  • Ubuntu 10.04, 11.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; OpenSuSE 11.3
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3

Mobile

  • Apple supported devices: iPad, iPad2, iPad3; iPhone 4 and 4 S, iPod touch (3rd generation minimum recommended)
  • Apple supported OS versions summary: iOS 4.3.x, 5.x, or 6.x (5.x or higher recommended)
  • Android supported devices: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1), ASUS Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab (7”) , Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xoom 2, Nexus 7
  • Android supported OS versions summary: 2.2 and higher
  • Android AIR Runtime required: 3.2 or higher

Additional requirements

  • Bandwidth: 512Kbps for participants, meeting attendees, and end users of Adobe Connect applications. Connection: DSL/cable (wired connection recommended) for Adobe Connect presenters, administrators, trainers, and event and meeting hosts.

 
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