by David Aerne and Ankur Jain, Verification Technologists, Mentor Graphics
The challenges inherent in verifying today's complex designs are widely known. Verification IP (VIP) helps address these challenges assuming it meets a wide range of requirements. For example, it needs to be proven, provide checks to ensure protocol compliance, provide a comprehensive compliance test suite, and include the ability to collect and analyze coverage. It should also be straightforward to instantiate, configure and exercise, thus minimizing the time to productive verification. Questa Verification IP, part of the Mentor Enterprise Verification Platform, meets these requirements by providing a collection of features referred to as EZ-VIP.