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Questa Formal Verification

Categories: Questa & ModelSim

The Questa Formal Verification course is for design and verification engineers interested in learning how to use formal verification techniques to improve verification quality. View course highlights ↓

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Course Highlights

Assertion-Based Verification (ABV) is being used successfully in dynamic simulation to find and fix bugs faster. However, simulation methods have certain limitations that are easily addressed by Formal Verification. This class will introduce the student to focuses on why, when and how Formal methods and how the application of Formal Verification techniques can be used to find formal proofs for critical design properties and find hotspot bugs that are and formal proofs not easily found with through simulation. After completing the course, the student will be able to apply ABV methods with Formal Verification in the context of a wider assertion-based verification to methodology to find and fix tough bugs in their design that compliments their current simulation based verification flow using an integrated methodology to what they are currently doing.

You will learn how to

  • Create and apply a verification methodology for Formal Verification.
  • Apply Formal Verification to your design using four strategies.
  • Write assertions for Formal Verification.
  • Compile a Formal Model.
  • Run Static Formal Verification.
  • Interpret and Debug results from Static Formal Verification.
  • Generate seed states from simulation.
  • Run Dynamic Formal Verification.
  • Apply advanced techniques when running Formal Verification.

Hands-On Labs

  • Application of Formal Methodology and Assertion Writing
  • Compilation of the Formal Model
  • Running and Debugging Static Formal Verification
  • Running Seed Capture and Dynamic Formal Verification
  • Advanced Topics such as initialization techniques and complexity reduction

Key Topics

  • Introduction to Formal Concepts and Terminology
  • Formal Verification Methodologies
  • Best Practices for Writing Assertions for Formal Verification
  • Compiling the Formal Model
  • Running Static Formal Verification
  • Debugging Formal Results
  • Seed Capture and Running Dynamic Formal Verification
  • Advanced Topics in Formal Verification

Course Details

Intended for

Verification Engineers

ASIC and FPGA Design Engineers


Basic knowledge of ASIC/FPGA design and verification methods.

Basic knowledge of Verilog and/or VHDL.

Basic knowledge of an assertion language or library such as QVL, OVL, SVA, or PSL.

Familiarity with the Questa simulator for HDL dynamic simulation.

Course Part Number
  • Instructor-led: 234958
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