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Verification Effectiveness In The Face Of FPGA Complexity: The 2020 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study


Making informed decisions backed by good data is the key to success in highly competitive, robust markets such as FPGA design and verification. Helping our community in that endeavor is the motivation behind the worldwide Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study. We also use that information to make sure our research and development efforts continue to deliver the solutions our cu... » read more

An Integrated Approach To Power Domain And CDC Verification


Reducing power consumption is essential for both mobile and data center applications. Yet it is a challenge to lower power while minimally impacting performance. The solution has been to partition designs into multiple power domains which allow selectively reducing voltage levels or powering off partitions. Traditional low power verification validates only the functional correctness of power... » read more

The Many Flavors Of UPF: Which Is Right For Your Design?


Energy efficient electronic systems require sophisticated power management architectures that present difficult low-power verification challenges. Accellera introduced the Unified Power Format (UPF) standard in 2007 to help engineers deal with these complex issues. To keep pace with the growing complexity of low-power designs, the UPF standard has itself continued to evolve through the relea... » read more

Achieving Physical Reliability Of Electronics With Digital Design


By John Parry and G.A. (Wendy) Luiten With today’s powerful computational resources, digital design is increasingly used earlier in the design cycle to predict zero-hour nominal performance and to assess reliability. The methodology presented in this article uses a combination of simulation and testing to assess design performance, providing more reliability and increased productivity. ... » read more

Fast, Low-Power Inferencing


Power and performance are often thought of as opposing goals, opposite sides of the same coin if you will. A system can be run really fast, but it will burn a lot of power. Ease up on the accelerator and power consumption goes down, but so does performance. Optimizing for both power and performance is challenging. Inferencing algorithms for Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) are compute int... » read more

Customizing Low-Power Platforms Using UPF Dynamic Properties


Low power design and verification engineers need a way to continuously probe various dynamic properties of UPF objects in order to monitor the current state of a verification strategy and utilize that information to develop custom low-power verification environments. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a reliable, formalized way to do this. Since availability of the dynamic properties of unif... » read more

Machine Learning Enabled High-Sigma Verification Of Memory Designs


Emerging applications and the big data explosion have made memory IPs ubiquitous in modern-day electronics. Specifically, the demand for memories with low-die area, low voltage, high capacity, and high performance is rising for use by data center and cloud computing servers. This is essential to serve the exponentially growing connectivity boom and the latest emerging 5G based systems, includin... » read more

Accelerating Simulation Of PCIe Controllers For DMA Applications


For memory-intensive and high-performance computing, direct memory access (DMA) is indispensable. A typical DMA operation in PCI Express (PCIe) entails the transfer of data from the system memory to end point devices using a point-to-point PCIe bus to reduce latency and increase memory access throughput between the CPU and the device. Verification of DMA engines is concentrated on the data t... » read more

How UVM Callbacks Simplify Assertion Validation


By Akshay Sarup and Mark Olen Assertions bring immediate benefits to the whole design and verification cycle; thus any challenges engineers face in coding and testing them are worth resolving. When a large number of assertions are to be validated, callbacks save time by eliminating the need to code a new sequence for each scenario. Callbacks also provide more dynamic and fine-grained cont... » read more

Easier Low Power ICs With Reference Flows


By Terence Chen and Alexander Volkov Power-sensitive ICs for wearables and internet of things (IoT) products are in demand for markets ranging from automotive to military/aerospace to consumer. As with most ICs, cost and time-to-market pressures are important determiners of success. Reducing risk by using a vendor-created reference flow can confer a serious business advantage. Reference f... » read more

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