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Synopsys VCS MX vJ-2014.12 SP2

Functional Verification Choice of Leading SoC Design Teams
Industry-leading designers of today’s most advanced designs rely on the Synopsys VCS® functional verification solution for their verification environments. In fact, a high majority of designs at 32nm and below are verified with VCS. Used by a majority of the world’s top 20 semiconductor companies as their primary verification solution, VCS provides high-performance simulation engines, constraint solver engines, Native Testbench (NTB) support, broad SystemVerilog support, verification planning, coverage analysis and closure, an integrated debug environment, and offers X-propagation support (VCS Xprop) for X-related simulation and debug.

VCS has continually pioneered numerous industry-first innovations, and is now poised to meet the challenges and complexity of today’s SoCs. With features such as such as constrained random testbench, SoC optimized compile flow, coverage, assertions, planning and management, VCS has the flexibility and capabilities that are critical for today’s SoC design and verification teams’ success.

VCS Datasheet

VCS offers industry-leading performance and capacity, complemented by a complete collection of advanced methodology-aware testbench and constraint debug features, bug-finding, coverage, planning and assertion technologies. VCS’ multicore technology delivers a 2x verification speed-up and cuts down verification time by running the design, testbench, assertions, coverage and debug in parallel on machines with multiple cores (see Figure 1). VCS’ Partition Compile flow allows users to achieve up to 10 times faster compile turnaround time by only recompiling code that has changed. VCS also supplies a comprehensive suite of diagnostic tools, including simulation memory and time profiling, interactive constraint debugging, smart logging, and more to help users quickly analyze issues. VCS with native low power simulation and UPF support, delivers innovative voltage-aware verification techniques to find bugs in modern low power designs with integrated debug and high performance. With its built-in debug and visualization environment; support for all popular design and verification languages, including Verilog, VHDL, SystemVerilog, OpenVera™, and SystemC™; and the VMM, OVM, and UVM™ methodologies, VCS helps users develop high-quality designs.

Figure 1: Multicore support

High-Performance, Full-Featured, Native Testbench and Industry-Leading Systemverilog Support
VCS’ Native Testbench (NTB) technology provides built-in natively-compiled support for full-featured SystemVerilog and OpenVera testbenches, including object-oriented, constrained-random stimulus and functional coverage capabilities. VCS’ industry-leading, high-performance constraint solver technology is powered by multiple solver engines that simultaneously analyze all user specified constraints to rapidly generate high-quality random stimulus that verifies corner case behavior. The constraint solver engines will find a solution to user constraints, if one exists, minimizing constraint conflicts and maximizing verification productivity.

VCS further expands its capabilities with Echo constraint expression convergence technology. Echo automatically generates stimuli to efficiently cover the testbench constraint space, significantly reducing the manual effort needed to verify large numbers of functional scenarios. Echo is a perfect fit for all teams using SystemVerilog testbenches with random constraints.

VCS also provides a rich set of engines for reducing compile turnaround time and runtime, including pre-compiled IP support targeted at IP integration, Partition Compile to isolate portions of the testbench that are not changing during development cycles, dynamic reconfiguration to compile for a target and select which model is used at runtime, and save and restore functionality to save common states and apply them to subsequent runs reducing simulation time. Combined, these tools offer the most comprehensive set of solutions to maximize simulation efficiency and reduce turnaround time.

Multicore Support
VCS’ multicore technology allows users to cut verification time for longrunning tests. It offers two robust use models: design-level parallelism (DLP) and application-level parallelism (ALP). DLP enables users to concurrently simulate multiple instances of a core, several partitions of a large design, or a combination of the two. ALP allows users to run testbenches, assertions, coverage, and debugging concurrently on multiple cores. The combination of DLP and ALP optimizes VCS’ performance over multicore CPUs. VCS’ multicore technology also supports design-level auto-partitioning, Fast Signal Database (FSDB) parallel dumping, and switching activity interchange format (SAIF) parallel dumping.

Comprehensive Coverage
VCS provides high-performance, built-in coverage technology to measure verification completeness. Comprehensive coverage includes code coverage, functional coverage and assertion coverage as well as user-defined metrics. Unified coverage aggregates all aspects of coverage in a common database, thereby allowing powerful queries and useful unified report generation. The unified coverage database offers 2x to 5x improvement in merge times and up to 2x reduction in disk space usage, which is critical for large regression environments (see Figure 2).

Figure 2: Unified coverage

Complete Assertion Technologies
The native assertion technology in VCS enables an efficient methodology for deploying design-for-verification (DVF) techniques. The built-in support of SystemVerilog and OpenVera assertions allows designers to easily adopt DFV and find more bugs quickly. A rich assertion-checker library and a unique library of Assertion IP make it even easier to deploy assertions across teams and improve verification quality. The assertions serve both simulation and formal property verification environments.

Advanced Debugging and Visualization Environment
VCS includes the Discovery Visualization Environment (DVE), an advanced, full-featured debug and visualization environment (see Figure 3). DVE has been specifically architected to work with all of the advanced bugfinding technology in VCS and shares a common look and feel with other Synopsys graphical-based analysis tools. DVE enables easy access to design and verification data along with an intuitive drag-and-drop or menu-andicon driven environment.
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