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VHDL-2017: Some of My Favorite Things

For the past several years I have had the privilege to chair the IEEE 1076 VHDL working group. In March we handed off the revisions to the VHDL LRM to our technical editor to finalize the document for balloting. As we are waiting for the standards process to finish up, I thought I would share my favorite new additions. Let me start with an executive summary: ...

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FPGA VHDL Verification
How can we do this faster and with better quality - at no extra cost?

This is actually possible – and with an average efficiency improvement of 20 to 50% for medium to high complexity FPGAs. Less for data path oriented designs and more for control or protocol oriented designs. At no extra cost....

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Beer, Cars, and Verification
My thoughts after DVCon Europe

As I write this, I am visiting the Aldec corporate office in the US on the day following their historical presidential election. It’s been a busy travel season for this product manager, and only a few weeks ago I was at DVCon Europe in Munich - the city of pork knuckles, beer... and of course, cars. ...

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It’s Time to Get Your University in Sync with Zynq
Insight From a College Student

It’s time for Universities to say goodbye to their outdated FPGA boards and introduce the Xilinx® Zynq™ chip. The Zynq chip is a device which combines an FPGA fabric with a processing unit. The Zynq chip is very similar to other FPGA devices, but ...

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Verifying Large FPGAs Isn't Easy
Guest Blog by Doug Perry, Senior Member Technical Staff at Doulos

The latest crop of FPGA devices are enormous when compared to ASICs that were built not that long ago. Verifying these ASICs required detailed plans, multiple tools, and sometimes special languages....

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A Comprehensive RTL Verification Solution for VHDL
ALINT-PRO™ Design Rule Checking Solution

On Thursday, November 19, I’ll be hosting a webinar to demonstrate Aldec’s RTL Verification Solution for VHDL, ALINT-PRO™ Design Rule Checking Solution.   ALINT-PRO is Aldec’s design verification solution for RTL code...

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Transitioning to Advanced Verification Techniques for FPGAs – Catch-22?
A Guest Blog by TVS Founder and CEO, Dr. Mike Bartley

Many FPGA designers find themselves in a catch-22: they recognise that their designs are becoming too complex for their current verification strategies BUT adopting advanced verification techniques (such as the Universal Verification Methodology – UVM) is...

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The Future of EDA?
A Guest Blog by Chris Higgs of Potential Ventures

I'm not the first engineer to suggest that utilising Python for verification could be a big leap forward for the EDA industry.  The big vendors haven’t (yet) embraced this suggestion, so why am I still convinced Python is the way forward?...

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My First Example with OS-VVM CoveragePkg
A Guest Blog from Alex Grove of FirstEDA

Here in Europe, I recently had the opportunity to work with Jim Lewis, OS-VVM Chief Architect and IEEE 1076 Working Group Chair, on the first Advanced VHDL Testbenches & Verification training course....

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It’s no accident that Aldec offers the best VHDL-2008 support
Tools, Resources and Training for VHDL Users

Here at the Aldec corporate office, we have a sign that reminds us all of our mission in the field of Technology. It reads, ‘To deliver solutions that provide the highest productivity to value ratio;...

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