Accelerating Exhaustive and Complete Verification of RISC-V Processors

Accelerating Exhaustive and Complete Verification of RISC-V Processors
by Ashish Darbari on 08-29-2021 at 6:00 am

FIG 1 spec bug

As processor architecture and design development becomes completely liberated with open-source RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA), the race to get RISC-V silicon in our hands has increased massively. We have no doubt that in next 5 years, we will see RISC-V based laptops and desktops in the market. But would these processors… Read More


On-the-Fly Code Checking Catches Bugs Earlier

On-the-Fly Code Checking Catches Bugs Earlier
by Synopsys Editorial on 08-10-2021 at 6:00 am

Euclide GUI

There’s no question that chip designs are getting more complex, driven by the power, performance, and area (PPA) demands of applications like artificial intelligence (AI), automotive, and cloud computing. This complexity, of course, trickles down to the design and testbench code. When engineers can find and fix bugs before… Read More


What’s New with UVM and UVM Checking?

What’s New with UVM and UVM Checking?
by Daniel Nenni on 06-30-2021 at 6:00 am

UVM and UVM Checking

About once a quarter, I touch base with Cristian Amitroaie, CEO and co-founder of AMIQ EDA, to see what’s new with the company, products, and users. Sometimes he surprises me, as he did earlier this year when he mentioned that their tools check about 150 rules for non-standard constructs in SystemVerilog and VHDL. When we talked … Read More


Small EDA Company with Something New: SoC Compiler

Small EDA Company with Something New: SoC Compiler
by Daniel Payne on 04-26-2021 at 10:00 am

Defacto SoC Compiler

I read the semiconductor press, LinkedIn and social media (Twitter, Facebook) every morning along with an RSS feed that I setup, staying current on everything related to using EDA tools to make the task of SoC design a bit easier for design teams. A recent press release announced a tool called SoC Compiler, so my curiosity was piqued… Read More


Certitude: Tool that can help to catch DV Environment Gaps

Certitude: Tool that can help to catch DV Environment Gaps
by eInfochips on 04-13-2021 at 2:00 pm

Certitude 9

Design verification (DV) is still one of the biggest challenges in the ASIC based product world. In last two decades, we have seen many changes in terms of HVLs and methodologies used for design verification. System Verilog is the most popular HVL these days and UVM is the most popular verification methodology.

Even after such an… Read More


Register Automation for a DDR PHY Design

Register Automation for a DDR PHY Design
by Daniel Nenni on 01-27-2021 at 10:00 am

Six Semi Graphic

Several months ago, I interviewed Anupam Bakshi, the CEO and founder of Agnisys. I wanted to learn more about the company, so I listened to a webinar that covered their latest products and how they fit together into an automated flow. I posted my thoughts and then I became curious about their customers, so I asked Anupam to arrange … Read More


Automatic Generation of SoC Verification Testbench and Tests

Automatic Generation of SoC Verification Testbench and Tests
by Daniel Nenni on 12-23-2020 at 6:00 am

Agnisys QEMU

Last month, I blogged about a webinar on embedded systems development presented by Agnisys CEO and founder Anupam Bakshi. I liked the way that he linked their various tools into a common flow that spans hardware, software, design, verification, validation, and documentation. Initially I was rather focused on the design aspects… Read More


Does IDE Stand for Integrated Design Environment?

Does IDE Stand for Integrated Design Environment?
by Daniel Nenni on 12-21-2020 at 6:00 am

SemiWiki2 design 1

As regular readers may know, every few months I check in with Cristian Amitroaie, CEO of AMIQ EDA, to see what’s new with the company and their products. In our posts so far this year we’ve focused on verification, and now I’m wondering how an integrated development environment (IDE) provides benefits to designers. They work on huge… Read More


High-Performance PCIe 5.0 IP + VIP UVM Verification Environment (US)

High-Performance PCIe 5.0 IP + VIP UVM Verification Environment (US)
by Daniel Nenni on 10-15-2020 at 11:00 am

Abstract:

Together with Aldec, PLDA and Avery Design Systems, we will present and demo our newest PCIe 5.0 IP + VIP UVM simulation and debugging environment. PLDA’s PCIE 5.0 XpressRich includes internal datapath automatic scaling, configurable pipelining, Rx stream mode for custom credit management, L1 PM substates, dynamically… Read More


WEBINAR: UVM RISC-V and DV

WEBINAR: UVM RISC-V and DV
by Daniel Payne on 09-21-2020 at 10:00 am

UVM Testbench RISC-V

Oh, our semiconductor industry just loves acronyms, and the title of my blog packs three of the most popular acronyms together at once. I attended a webinar hosted by Aldec last week on this topic, “UVM Simulation-based environment for Ibex RISC-V CPU core with Google RISC-V DV“. Verification engineers have been … Read More