Trends In FPGA Effectiveness: The 2018 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study


We all know that knowledge is power. The adage holds true even in the prosaic case of making informed decisions backed by good data. Our hope and motivation in conducting the worldwide Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study is to provide our community the information needed to make the best methodology and tool choices for their business and design goals. As well, we at Mentor, ... » read more

A New Approach To Resistance Extraction For Unconventional Geometries


Unconventional metal structures have begun popping up in integrated circuits (ICs) with increasing regularity, for a number of reasons. The growing demand for integrated cameras and image recognition capabilities has fueled the need for components such as high-quality CMOS image sensors with low noise, high dynamic range, and low power. Technology scaling has also contributed to an increase in ... » read more

The Process Design Kit: Protecting Design Know-How


Once upon a time, integrated circuits (ICs) were built by the same companies that designed them. The design of an IC was tightly integrated with the manufacturing processes available within each company. In these days, when designs contained hundreds of transistors, companies modeled each feature in an IC at a first principles level, meaning each transistor or fundamental device was analyzed an... » read more

Re-using Common Simulation Set-Up Processes To Speed Regression


Functional verification of SoCs always has some kind of set up process. For complex SoCs, at least, this initial set up phase often consumes from 20 to 90% of each test’s total simulation time. And thousands of tests are run in the verification of a design. This set up phase could be either executing the exact same sequence of simulation steps, or programming the design to reach the same i... » read more

Solving Puzzling Power-Aware Coverage: Getting An Aggregated Coverage Metric


Coverage metrics tell us when a design has been thoroughly verified, or at least exercised to the point of diminishing returns. Rarely can every design artifact or design parameter of a highly complex design be covered 100 percent, but we can use coverage metrics to know the extent to which we have verified the design — enough to be confident that it will function as desired in the end produc... » read more

Updated UVM Cookbook Supports IEEE 1800.2 Standard And Emulation


I’m happy to announce that we at Mentor have just released a fully-updated version of our popular UVM Cookbook, which is available online here. Cookbook Overview Diagram The Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) is a standard library of SystemVerilog classes that supports a modular, reusable testbench architecture for constrained-random functional verification. Meanwhile, Mentor’... » read more

Power-Aware Static Checks: Static Checker Results And Debugging Techniques


In Part 1 of this three article series on power aware (PA) verification, we examined the foundations and verification features of PA static checks. In Part 2, we discussed the features of the static verification library and described best static verification practices. Part 3 concludes this series with details of static PA verification tool procedures using a real example to analyze PA-Stati... » read more

Three Steps To Low Power Coverage Closure


By Awashesh Kumar and Madhur Bhargava Low-power design and verification is becoming more complex. Yet it is critical that all power elements are verified, and it is even more important to verify the complex interactions between these elements at a high abstraction level. However, power-aware coverage closure is difficult to attain and complex by nature. Existing low-power coverage methodo... » read more

Optimizing Your DRC Debug Can Reap Big Productivity Gains


Debugging design violations found by design rule checking (DRC) has always taken a significant share of the time needed to get a design to tapeout. And debug time only increases as the number and complexity of DRC expands with each new process node. Any steps you can take to make your DRC debug process more efficient directly improves your productivity. One technique for minimizing debug tim... » read more

Power-Aware Intent And Structural Verification Of Low-Power Designs


In Part 1 of this series on power aware (PA) verification, we examined the foundations and verification features of PA static checks. In Part 2, we will discuss the features of the static verification library and describe best static verification practices. Library for Static Verifications Cell-level and pin-level attributes from Liberty are mandatorily required for accurate PA-Static verif... » read more

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