by Marcela Simkova and Neil Hand, VP of Marketing and Business Development Codasip Ltd.
This article describes an automated approach to improve design coverage by utilizing genetic algorithms added to standard UVM verification environments running in Questa® from Mentor Graphics®. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach, the article will utilize real-world data from the verification of a 32-bit ASIP processor from Codasip®.
Application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIP) have become an integral part of embedded systems, as they can be optimized for high performance, small area, and low power consumption by changing the processor’s instruction- set to complement the class of target applications. This ability