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Functional verification platform is intelligent

Posted: 20 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:testbench automation tool? verification components? RTL-level verification?

Mentor Graphics Corp. has released the Questa Multiview Verification Components product and the inFact testbench automation tooltwo solutions that use breakthrough technologies to speed up verification and drastically improve verification coverage of today's SoC designs.

The complexity of today's SoC verification environments often requires designers to spend valuable time building and verifying multiple and usually incompatible verification models of a single block to support system-level, TLM-level and RTL-level verification. This lack of consistency prevents teams from easily moving up and down in abstraction and maximizing verification effectiveness. Mentor's unique Questa Multiview Verification Components product can connect to any level of abstraction from system to gatesensuring consistent model behavior and giving the verification team more options to improve performance and increase coverage.

Faster coverage
Once verification components are available, designers must create the stimulus to drive the models. Creating test stimulus by hand is one of the most time-consuming steps in the verification flow. Using advanced algorithms to synthesize non-repeating stimulus, Mentor's testbench automation technology, inFact, simultaneously reduces test creation time, minimizes redundant testing and stimulates more of the designresulting in more bugs found and faster time-to-coverage.

"The next major step in advanced functional verification happens when manual, time-consuming tasks are replaced with new levels of automation and tool intelligence," said Robert Hum, vice president and general manager of Mentor Graphics design verification and test division. "With the Questa functional verification platform, we believe we're on the right tracknot only from a technology point of view, but also in terms of providing a complete, comprehensive solution."

inFact is available now and Questa MVCs will be available in Q2 08. Pricing starts at $25,000.

Mentor Graphics is one of the exhibitors in the upcoming IIC-China 2008.

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