Verification Horizons - February 2010 - (Page 1)
Using inFact with OVM Sequences page 6 shows how Mentor’s inFact intelligent testbench automation tool can be deployed seamlessly with an existing OVM-based environment to provide more effective and efficient stimulus generation more A PUBLICATION OF MENTOR GRAPHICS FEB 2010—VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1 Starting with Innovation at DVCon. By Tom Fitzpatrick, Editor and Verification Technologist A Strong Foundation for Design, Verification, and Firmware: page 10 using IDS for building a strong, error-free foundation for design, verification, and firmware. more Transaction-based Testbench Methods Speed Veloce Hardware Acceleration: page 14 A transactionbased methodology that delivers excellent simulation acceleration. more Ease Those Re-spin Worries: page 18 one overarching goal in mind: This is always a busy time of year for me. In addition to my Verification Horizon editing duties, I’m also currently the General Chair of the annual Design and Verification Conference (DVCon), at which this issue of the newsletter will make its debut. Both of these roles provide me with a valuable perspective on the advancements being made in our industry and, coming as they do near the beginning of the calendar year, afford me a wonderful opportunity to recharge my batteries and renew my enthusiasm for the coming year. I hope I can share some of that enthusiasm with you – and maybe even “One of my favorite get you excited as well. I always enjoy seeing examples of innovation in our industry, especially those cases where novel solutions grow from unique combinations of new and/or existing technologies. The choice to use a widely adopted technology as a starting point, rather than starting from scratch, often makes it possible for new solutions to gain quick traction and credibility. When done right, a good offering not only solves a particular problem but also provides the necessary foundation on which future success can be built. I think you’ll see some great examples of what I mean in this issue. to give IC design teams the best chance of producing silicon right the first time. more What’s New with the Verification Academy?: page 22 Start the process of adopting advanced functional verification techniques. more Proving the Accellera VIP Interoperability Kit: page 24 the verifi- things about this week (DVCon) is the opportunity to meet new friends (and catch up with old friends, too), and I’d love to hear in person what you think about the conference, Verification Horizons, or the industry in general.” —Tom Fitzpatrick cation architect is compelled to find and integrate existing VIP. more Converting from VMM to OVM: A Case Study: page 27 Learn the steps we took to convert our existing VMM testbench solution to OVM. more Agile Transformation in IC Development: page 33 This article highlights just a few ways an IC development team can make an Agile transformation. more Our first article this month, “Using inFact with OVM Sequences,” shows how Mentor’s inFact intelligent testbench automation tool can be deployed seamlessly with an existing OVM-based environment to provide more effective and efficient stimulus generation than regular constrained-random stimulus. The article enumerates many of these benefits, but the main point is that inFact produces an OVM sequence that can be run in your existing OVM environment just like any other sequence. You don’t even need to change your testbench – all you need is a new test to specify the inFact sequence to run. Aside from being the first article I can recall that refers to emulation as a turn of the century technology, “Simulation Acceleration Brightens as Customers Adopt Transaction-Based Testbenches” shows how combining emulation with transaction-based modeling allows you to speed up your testbench alongside your design. Those of you familiar with Amdahl’s Law, which among things describes how overall system improvement is limited when one particular
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verification Horizons - February 2010
Verification Horizons - February 2010
Using inFact with OVM Sequences
A Strong Foundation for Design, Verification, and Firmware Requires an Automation Tool for Register Management
Transaction-Based Testbench Methods Speed Veloce Hardware Acceleration
Verification Management Eases Those Re-Spin Worries
What’s New with the Verification Academy?
Reuse in the Real World—Proving the Accellera VIP Interoperability Kit
Converting from VMM to OVM: A Case Study
Agile Transformation in IC Development
Verification Horizons - February 2010
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