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Are Designers’ X-Analysis Needs Different From Verification Engineers?

The propagation of unknown (X) states has become a more pressing issue with the move toward billion-gate SoC designs. Besides the sheer complexity of these designs, the common use of complex power management schemes increase the likelihood of an unknown ‘X’ state in the design translating into a functional bug in the final chip. This article describes a methodology that enables design an... » read more