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Do I really need a commercial simulator?
A quick view of the benefits of a commercial simulator

As an Applications Engineer I visit lots of potential customers, or talk to them at trade shows, who are doing FPGA designs but don’t own a commercial simulator. I ask them why that is. Most of the time it is budgetary restrictions. They don’t...

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SystemVerilog Functional Coverage in a Nutshell
Use native SystemVerilog constructs as metrics for verification closure in Riviera-PRO

Let’s say you have a block you need to verify. How do you know that the stimulus you are about to use is exhaustive enough and that you have covered the necessary scenarios/situations to prove it is working correctly?...

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Trace Your Assertions

When I enter the word “assertions” into a search engine I get lots of results, including articles, books, courses, and tools. Nothing unusual there, as assertions have been present in the EDA industry for many years. They considerably increase...

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Plots: A New Way To Analyze Data

Data analysis is often a very time consuming process for a hardware design or verification engineer. We always end up using the waveform viewer which may not be very efficient in giving us a high-level overview of what we’re looking for. Data that is spread across...

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Zynq-based Embedded Development Kit for University Programs
Cost-effective solution for HW/SW development projects

Creativity and innovation, which lead the society to success, rest on the foundational institutions such as schools and universities. They provide fertile soil to seed, grow and flourish enterprises....

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Accelerating Simulation of Vivado Designs with HES
Improve verification speedup with Aldec’s HES-DVM

FPGA Design Verification Challenge The FPGA design and verification “ecosystem” changes rapidly to keep pace with the fast growing size of FPGA devices. The largest Xilinx Virtex UltraSCALE chips provide 4.4 Million logic cells...

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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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The UVM Configuration Database
Keeping a neat repository for flexible testbench structure

When I want to wear a certain clothing item, I take out it of the closet. When I go shopping, I add those clothes it to my closet and there are now new items for me to pick out in the future....

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Aldec Verification Tools Implement the ASIC Verification Flow
Insights from Dr. Stanley Hyduke, Aldec Founder and CEO

Aldec has, over the last 30 years, established itself as the preferred provider of high-performance, cost-effective verification tools for use in proving out complex FPGA designs. As the logic capacity and capability...

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UVM Register Layer: The Structure
Creating an anatomically correct model for poking and prodding.

I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to the day where we won’t even have to go to the doctor’s office for an exam. Instead, we will all have scanners in our homes that will transmit full digital models to our doctors...

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