Crisis In Data


The push toward data-driven design, debug, manufacturing and reliability holds huge promise, but the big risk is none of this will happen in an organized fashion and everyone will be frustrated. One of the clear messages coming out of DVCon this week is that standards need to be established for data. Even within large chipmakers and systems companies, the data they extract from tools is not ... » read more

What’s Next For UVM?


The infrastructure for much of the chip verification being done today is looking dated and limited in scope. Design has migrated to new methodologies, standards and tools that are being introduced to deal with heterogeneous integration, more customization, and increased complexity. Verification methodologies started appearing soon after the release of SystemVerilog. Initially they were inten... » read more

Mentor, Cadence Join Forces


Mentor Graphics and Cadence have agreed to create a single binary interface for their respective simulation and emulation platforms, allowing debug tools from one vendor to run on the other's platforms. The two have invited [getentity id="22035" e_name="Synopsys"] to join their initiative, as well. So far, there is no decision. The move proposes a single API for both [getentity id="22032"... » read more

Start Verification Early To Avoid Pitfalls Later


It is well understood – at least from a theoretical point of view – that design verification should start as early as possible. The reality is that that doesn’t always happen for a variety of reasons such as enormous time to market pressure, too many new features to add, lack of foresight and discipline among other things. But progress is being made. Harry Foster, chief scientist for v... » read more

Best Practices In Verification


By Ann Steffora Mutschler The advent of advanced verification methodologies such as the UVM and its predecessors VMM and OVM has changed the verification landscape in many ways. Design and verification teams used to worry about simulator performance (i.e., how fast the simulator runs a particular test case), but the introduction of constrained-random stimulus and functional coverage and associ... » read more

Yikes! Why Is My SystemVerilog Testbench So Slooooow?


It turns out that [gettech id="31023" comment="SystemVerilog"] != [gettech id="31017" comment="verilog"]. OK, we all figured that out a few years ago as we started to build verification environments using [gettech id="31026" comment="IEEE 1800"] SystemVerilog. While it did add design features like new ways to interface code, it also had verification features like classes, dynamic data types, ... » read more

Experts At The Table: ESL Reality Check


By Ed Sperling System-Level Design sat down to discuss electronic-system-level design with Stephen Bailey, director of emerging technologies for the design verification technology group at Mentor Graphics; Michael McNamara, vice president and general manager of Cadence’s System-Level Division; Ghislain Kaiser, CEO of DOCEA Power, and Shawn McCloud, vice president of marketing at Calypto. Wh... » read more

Experts At The Table: ESL Reality Check


By Ed Sperling System-Level Design sat down to discuss electronic-system-level design with Stephen Bailey, director of emerging technologies for the design verification technology group at Mentor Graphics; Michael McNamara, vice president and general manager of Cadence’s System-Level Division; Ghislain Kaiser, CEO of DOCEA Power, and Shawn McCloud, vice president of marketing at Calypto. Wh... » read more

Experts At The Table: ESL Reality Check


By Ed Sperling System-Level Design sat down to discuss electronic-system-level design with Stephen Bailey, director of emerging technologies for the design verification technology group at Mentor Graphics; Michael McNamara, vice president and general manager of Cadence’s System-Level Division; Ghislain Kaiser, CEO of DOCEA Power, and Shawn McCloud, vice president of marketing at Calypto. Wha... » read more

Verifying Low-Power Designs


By Ed Sperling Power islands and multiple voltages used to be reserved for cell phone and process companies, but as more companies move to 65nm and 45nm process nodes these approaches to saving power—particularly in chips with multiple cores—are becoming mainstream. The problem isn’t in the architecture of the chips, although that certainly brings its own set of challenges. More and m... » read more

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