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AMCC adopts SystemVerilog with Synopsys RTL solution

Posted: 21 Dec 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Synopsys? Applied Micro Circuits? AMCC? SystemVerilog? testbench automation?

Synopsys Inc. announced that Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) has adopted SystemVerilog for testbench automation using Synopsys' VCS comprehensive RTL verification solution.

Using the reference methodology described in the Verification Methodology Manual (VMM) for SystemVerilog, AMCC has taken advantage of VCS' verification capabilities to rapidly develop advanced, extensible system-level environments based on the widely supported IEEE Std 1800-2005 SystemVerilog industry standard, said the press release. To further accelerate deployment of SystemVerilog, AMCC used Synopsys' VCS Native Testbench (NTB) migration service to convert legacy verification components, written in the e language, to the SystemVerilog standard.

"After a detailed evaluation of available verification solutions, we chose to adopt Synopsys' VCS solution with its comprehensive support for industry-standard SystemVerilog testbench automation," explained Hugues Deneux, GM at AMCC France. "Our system-level verification environment, operating natively in the VCS solution with SystemVerilog, runs more than three times faster than our legacy environment based on early results. This high performance will allow us to run more verification cycles and achieve greater quality than was previously possible."

AMCC and Synopsys developed a sophisticated system-level SystemVerilog verification environment for a complex, 15-million gate data communications switch in less than four months. Synopsys consultants ported AMCC's existing SPI4 e code to SystemVerilog. Meanwhile, AMCC engineers developed additional new components and the overall environment using SystemVerilog's object-oriented language constructs and constrained-random stimulus capabilities.

"AMCC's success with SystemVerilog and the VCS solution clearly reinforces the trend away from proprietary languages and point tools to integrated solutions based on broadly supported industry standards," added Manoj Gandhi, SVP and GM, Verification Group at Synopsys. "The VCS NTB migration service enables our customers to accelerate their transition to SystemVerilog, allowing them to more quickly take advantage of the VCS solution's superior verification performance and integration to increase chip quality and improve productivity."

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