Spec-TRACER now directly integrated with IBM DOORS

You asked. We implemented.

Louie De Luna, Aldec DO-254 Program Manager
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In response to user feedback, Aldec has developed a direct integration between IBM® Rational ® DOORS ® and our requirements management tool, Spec-TRACER™, to enable users to extend the traceability data in DOORS to FPGA design and verification elements.

Aldec has a strong 30-year+ history of asking and listening to the engineering community and we’re proud to say, thanks to your requests, that Spec-TRACER 2014.12 featuring direct integration with DOORS... is now available to test drive.

Below you’ll find an overview of the Spec-TRACER/DOORS tool flow. DOORS remains the main source and environment for managing board requirements and other higher level requirements, while Spec-TRACER remains the main source and environment for managing FPGA requirements, conceptual design data, detailed design data, test cases, test procedures, test results, traceability data and review activities.  Spec-TRACER also remains the main source for generating all the pertinent reports for the FPGA project such as requirements documents, verification procedures, test results, impact analysis reports and project status reports.




The recommended flow between DOORS and Spec-TRACER is as follows:

1. Capture and manage board requirements in DOORS.  
2. Baseline and archive the DOORS project.
3. Import board requirements from DOORS to Spec-TRACER including system- and user-defined attributes.
4. Capture and manage FPGA requirements in Spec-TRACER
     • Allocate board requirements to FPGA requirements
     • Create the traceability between board and FPGA requirements
     • Review the FPGA requirements against a checklist
     • Generate the Hardware Requirements Document (HRD)
5. If there are modifications to the board requirements in DOORS, then reimport the board requirements module from DOORS into Spec-TRACER.
6. Capture and manage conceptual design data, detailed design, test cases, test procedures, test results, review activities and traceability data in Spec-TRACER.
7. Generate reports in Spec-TRACER including impact analysis, review activities, project status summary, requirements coverage analysis, test history or test regression results.
8. Baseline the final Spec-TRACER project.
9. (Optional step) Export the final Spec-TRACER project to DOORS for the purpose of giving DOORS users visibility to all project elements related to FPGA development.

We have new resources available if you would like to learn more.

Press Release: Aldec extends DOORS® Traceability to FPGA/SoC designs with Spec-TRACER™.

YouTube videos: Spec-TRACER Tutorial Series


For more information or for a free evaluation, visit www.aldec.com/products/spec-tracer or contact us at sales@aldec.com.


Louie is responsible for FPGA level in-target testing technology and requirements lifecycle management for DO-254 and other safety-critical industry standards.  He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from University of Nevada in 2001.  His practical engineering experience includes areas in Acceleration, Emulation, Co-Verification and Prototyping, and he has held a wide range of engineering positions that include FPGA Design Engineer, Applications Engineer, Product Manager and Project Manager.


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