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1.0 Spec-TRACER™ Overview: Requirements Lifecycle Management   
Spec-TRACER™ is a unified requirements lifecycle management solution designed specifically for FPGA and ASIC designs. Spec-TRACER facilitates requirements capture, management, impact analysis, traceability and reporting, and seamlessly integrates with windows-based HDL design and simulation tools. Spec-TRACER helps companies streamline the requirements engineering process, optimize the development cycle, improve collaboration, and reduce risk and costs.
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1.1 Basics: Creating a new Repository and Project   
A Spec-TRACER Repository contains complete information of all projects and users. In the avionics industry, a Repository can be considered as the entire program for the system hardware where the system hardware consists of multiple FPGAs. Each FPGA design can then be considered as a Spec-TRACER Project. Within a repository, Users and User Groups are also defined. Users are assigned to specific User Groups of the projects in the repository, so the same user is allowed to have different roles in the different projects in the repository.
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1.2 Basics: Creating and Editing Spec-TRACER Connections   
To open a project, the user must create a connection. Connections are an effective way to allow fast and convenient access/login to specific projects. Connections are combinations of pre-saved login information including repository, user validation, and project information.
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1.3 Basics: Creating Workspaces   
A workspace is a user-defined arrangement of panels. The user is able to open multiple panels and arrange them according to the user’s preference. A workspace can be saved and opened so that the user does not have to keep re-arranging the panels every time. Each user usually tends to organize the views in a certain way to perform a specific task. By means of that feature, the application provides the facility to save those different configurations and recover them at will.
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1.4 Basics: Managing Item Views   
Items in Spec-TRACER such as requirements, attributes, standards, conceptual design, test cases, traceability tags, test results can be viewed in the Items Grid Panel. The user can customize the Grid panel to add necessary columns and save them as an Item View which is accessible from the Items Views menu.
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2.1 Capture: Capturing FPGA Requirements from Word Documents   
Requirements documents in WORD format can be imported into the Spec-TRACER database by using the Tool Import feature. The data are imported either via document styles or tags. Attributes, text, tables, pictures, OLE objects, bullets are all imported accurately. The Tool Import also includes a tracking mechanism that helps when reimporting the data.
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2.2 Capture: Capturing FPGA Requirements within Spec-TRACER without Word Documents   
Spec-TRACER provides a state-of-the-art GUI where requirements are authored, managed and tracked from within the tool environment. Attributes, text, tables, pictures, OLE objects, bullets are all imported accurately. This eliminates the management of external files such as MS Word and Excel. Requirement s documents in WORD format can be exported from Spec-TRACER for reporting purposes.
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2.3 Capture: DOORS Parsing   
Spec-TRACER improves compatibility with with IBM DOORS with the IBM DOORS Parser Tool. The tool allows the user to capture requirements from any DOORS module to your Spec-TRACER project. The tool has a tracking feature to notify the user of any changes in the DOORS module. The “Filter” feature enables selective parsing of the DOORS module.
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2.4 Capture: Importing Circuit Card Requirements from DOORS   
The direct integration with DOORS provides the capability for users to import formal modules and link modules from a DOORS project into a Spec-TRACER project. The DOORS Import wizard can be accessed directly from within the Spec-TRACER GUI.
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2.5 Capture: Scheduled Scan   
Scheduled Scan can be used to periodically scan source documents to keep those items in the Spec-TRACER database always up to date. The tool also allows the detection of modified source documents as well as gives the ability to scan for different item types using the different existing parsers, all within a single scan.
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3.1 Traceability: Building Traceability between FPGA Requirements in Word Documents and HDL Design Using Parsers   
Spec-TRACER includes: MS Word Parser for parsing traceable FPGA requirements from Word Documents based on regular expressions and Source Code Parser for parsing traceable HDL source code based on regular expressions. The parsers also include a capability of parsing traceability information so that FPGA requirements and HDL source code will be linked automatically.
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3.2 Traceability: Building Traceability between FPGA Requirements and HDL Design based on CSV files   
Spec-TRACER provides a capability to import traceability between items from a Comma Separated Value (CSV) files. The traceability links are automatically created in the Spec-TRACER repository. This eliminates the process of manual entry using the Traceability Matrix window, and helps during the first time creation of traceability between project elements. It is recommended that users only import traceability using this feature during the first time creation of traceability in the Spec-TRACER database. Additional updates or modifications to traceability must be done within Spec-TRACER environment in order to ensure that the source for traceability is Spec-TRACER and not external files.
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3.3 Traceability: Building Traceability between FPGA Requirements and HDL Design using Active HDL   
Spec-TRACER includes Active-HDL add-on such that traceability between FPGA requirements and HDL design can be manually created using the Active-HDL GUI. Traceability tags can be created either at the source code level or source file level.
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3.4 Traceability: Building Traceability between HDL Design and Implementation Files   
Spec-TRACER provides external command SpecTrRel for building traceability to Synthesis/Place and Route files, constraints and reports.
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3.5 Traceability: Building Traceability between Test Cases and Test Results   
Spec-TRACER provides external command SpecTrSimRes for building traceability to test results including PASS/FAIL in log files, waveforms, html reports and code coverage results. SpecTrSimRes can be executed in simulation macros and can be run via batch.
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3.6 Traceability: Generating Single and Full Traceability Matrices   
Spec-TRACER provides capability for generating single traceability matrices such as downstream traceability and upstream traceability. Spec-TRACER also provides capability of generating full traceability matrix that includes all project elements group together in a spreadsheet format.
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4.1 Intermediate: Conducting Change Impact Analysis   
Spec-TRACER Impact Analysis is key in determining the magnitude of the impact before change requests are approved and implemented. It helps teams make well-informed decisions that align with business objectives and project goals. With the growing complexity and size of today’s FPGA/ASIC in which an average design consists of hundreds of requirements and thousands of related elements, running Impact Analysis as part of the change control process has never been more crucial to a project’s success.
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4.2 Intermediate: Reviewing Requirements Based on a Checklist of Standards   
Spec-TRACER provides Requirements Reviewer facilitating review activities against a checklist. Users are able to record the review activities more efficiently including the item under review, personnel conducting the review, date of review, review status and corrective action items.
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4.3 Intermediate: Creating and Comparing Project Baselines   
A baseline is a snapshot of the entire project, taken at a specific moment in time. For instance, when all FPGA requirements have been successfully captured, reviewed, and approved, the project manager can create a new baseline. This new baseline will record all of the project information accurately. More importantly the information will be locked such that modifications to the baseline are not allowed. It is recommended that baselines are linked to project milestones: acceptance of requirement specification, beginning of acceptance tests, end of acceptance tests, etc.
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4.4 Intermediate: Creating a new Project Template for Reusability   
A large number of projects developed by an organization have the same structure, and can be reused across multiple projects. To speed up the process of preparing the project structure, Spec-TRACER enables users to create project templates and reuse them across multiple projects. A project template includes block diagrams, blocks, attributes, motives, item views, users and workflows.
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