The automated formal apps reviewed in the “Automatic Formal Solutions” course have introduced a new generation of D&V engineers to the power of formal verification without the pain. This success has inspired renewed interest in creating formal testbenches for DUT-specific verification challenges that are well suited to formal. Specifically, formal tools statically analyze a design’s behavior with respect to a given set of properties, exhaustively exploring all possible input sequences in a breadth-first search manner to uncover design errors that would otherwise be missed.
In this course the instructors will show how to get started with direct property checking including: test planning for formal, SVA coding tricks that get the most out of the formal analysis engines AND ensure reuse with simulation and emulation, how to setup the analysis for rapidly reaching a solution, and how to measure formal coverage and estimate whether you have enough assertions. Finally, a session on creating formal-based verification IP will show how to create libraries of reusable, optimized properties for formal analysis.
You are encouraged to first view Getting Started with Formal-Based Technology by Harry Foster that introduces basic concepts and terminology that should be useful by any engineer wishing to mature their formal-based technology skills.