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Debug platform eases SoC design, verification

Posted: 05 Oct 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:debug? SoC design? verification?

SpringSoft Inc. has unveiled an open platform for producing and sharing custom applications deployed with the company's Verdi Automated Debug System. The Verdi Interoperability Apps (VIA) Exchange offers access to essential design knowledge infrastructure of the debug software and helps the exchange of open source applications.

VIA Exchange is a step forward to increase the openness and tool interoperability in the industry. It consists of an API to SpringSoft's de facto standard databases and the website for download of the VIA interface, scripting tools and command libraries. These tolls can be used to create customizable Verdi scripts and utilities. VIA Exchange users can also submit scripts or end use applications to the exchange. More than 60 well-defined functions and procedures as well as 30+ scripts and applications have been contributed, said the company.

"Today's SoC design and verification flow involves vast amounts of data about the structural composition and temporal behavior of designs. Analysis of the inherent relationships between these domains is critical to the successful completion of the flow," said Yu-Chin Hsu, VP of the verification technology and product group at SpringSoft.

"We use Verdi as our standard debug tool for logic design in a wide range of areas," said Toshinori Inoshita, department manager of common EDA platform development department at Renesas.

SpringSoft's Verdi software is an automated debug system that accelerates design comprehension of complex IP components, design modules and entire SoC designs, claimed the company. With the launch of the VIA Exchange, SpringSoft is opening access to various design, simulation and analysis information stored in its Knowledge Database and Fast Signal Database. VIA Exchange users can use this design knowledge to create applications tailored to their tool and design flow requirements. The interface features Open Source Tool Command Language scripts and C/C++ programs that make it easy to develop and deploy design comprehension, validation and manipulation applications, the company stated.

SpringSoft is also offering a 'how to' Quick Start Reference Manual, training courses and consulting services to assist with skill and program development.

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