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FPGA Verification

The definition of what FPGA really means has changed dramatically over the last two decades. Whether blazing the trail or being on the trailing edge of Moore’s Law, this is an exciting time to be an FPGA Designer. New opportunities bring new challenges for the FPGA market. As devices grow and become more complex resembling complete systems, the task of verifying such a system becomes daunting. In this section you will find timely, unbiased information from subject-matter experts that will help you navigate through this ever-changing landscape.

The modern FPGA designer faces many different challenges while working on his or her project. Fortunately, there are many solutions to choose from and more powerful, user-friendly tools available. Come back to this section often for new information and stay ahead of your competition.

FPGA Verification Courses

Introduction to the UVM

Introduction to the UVM Course | Subject Matter Expert - Ray Salemi | Universal Verification Methodology Topic


The Introduction to the UVM course consists of twelve sessions that will guide you from rudimentary SystemVerilog through a complete UVM testbench.

Assertion-Based Verification

Assertion-Based Verification (ABV) Course | Subject Matter Expert - Harry Foster | Simulation-Based Techniques Topic

This course introduces a set of steps for advancing an organization’s assertion-based-verification (ABV) skills, infrastructure, and metrics.

VHDL-2008 Why It Matters

VHDL-2008 Why It Matters Course | Subject Matter Expert - Jim Lewis | Design and Verification Languages Topic

VHDL-2008 matters because it facilitates advanced verification, adds reusable data structures, simplifies RTL coding and adds fixed and floating point math packages.

UVM Express

UVM Express Course | Subject Matter Expert - Rich Edelman | UVM/OVM Topic

UVM Express enables full UVM migration or co-existence at any time. UVM Express is organized in a way that allows progressive adoption and a value proposition with each step.

Evolving FPGA Verification Capabilities

Evolving FPGA Verification Capabilities Course | Subject Matter Expert - Ray Salemi | Simulation-Based Techniques Topic

This course introduces techniques for addressing complexity by evolving your organization’s FPGA verification process capabilities.

FPGA Verification Resources

VHDL-2008: Why It Matters.

VHDL-2008 (IEEE 1076-2008) is here! It is time to start using the new language features to simplify your RTL coding and facilitate the creation of advanced verification environments. VHDL-2008 is the largest change to VHDL since 1993.
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Improving FPGA Debugging with Assertions.

Here's one reason why FPGA design starts dwarf ASIC design starts: choosing flexible, inexpensive and readily available FPGAs is one fairly obvious way to reduce risk when designing complex SoCs for everything from mobile devices and smartphones to automobile electronics. In fact, Gartner reported that FPGAs now have a 30-to-1 edge over ASICs in terms of new design starts. This ratio is startling since FPGAs have traditionally been relegated to glue logic, low-volume production, or prototype parts used for analysis. But the landscape is changing.
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FPGA Verification With Assertions: Why Bother?

The benefits assertion-based verification (ABV) have been talked about for years. However, for many FPGA engineers with little time available to learn newer advanced functional verification techniques, assertions seem overly complex—and the method of creating them remains a mystery. This paper provides a practical, easy, step-by-step set of instructions on how to add assertions to your RTL design. By following the simple guidelines provided in this paper you will benefit by cutting simulation debugging time in half, as well as finding very complex bugs that are likely to escape traditional simulation without assertions.
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Industry Data and Surveys

Every two years, Mentor Graphics commissions Wilson Research Group to conduct a broad, vendor-independent survey of design verification practices around the world. Results of the just-completed study demonstrate an ongoing convergence of design and verification practices toward a common methodology.

Assertion-Based Verification for FPGA and IC Design

This seminar that will provide an industry perspective on the successful adoption of ABV, as well as providing a roadmap for evolving an organization ABV capabilities.