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Anders Nordstrom


Anders is a senior corporate applications engineer in Synopsys’ Verification Group working on formal methodology and features on the VC Formal tool. He has 20 years’ experience of assertion based verification and formal property verification both from EDA and as a verification engineer.

Posts by Anders Nordstrom:


Don’t have a Meltdown over a Spectre in your SoC

You may be concerned about the widely published Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities affecting most processors, and if your phone and computer are OK. Or more importantly, if you are designing or verifying SoCs, do you have a specter in your design? Let’s first look at what these two vulnerabilities are and how they are affecting your system.

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Posted in Automation, Formal Methodology, Property Verification |


Interconnect Traffic Jam on your SoC

Interconnect on a System on Chip (SoC) is like the road network. There is a lot of it but it still doesn’t go everywhere and traffic jams mean that even if there is a road, you may not be able to get to your destination.

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Posted in Connectivity Verification |


DAC 2017 Review: Exotic Formal Applications

As I wrote in previous blog “DAC 2017 -Feels Like a Formal Candy Store”, I was expecting a lot of interesting presentations on Formal applications at DAC. Not only did I find some sweet Formal presentations but also some pretty exotic Formal applications. It is clear that there is a lot of usage of Formal tools out there and people are pushing Formal in unexpected directions such as verifying functions across firmware and hardware boundaries and inside analog circuits.

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Posted in Events |


DAC 2017 – Feels Like a Formal Candy Store

As I prepare to go to Austin, pouring through the extensive schedule trying to figure out which sessions to attend, I realize there is more Formal than ever at DAC. I feel like a kid in a candy store, so much candy – so little time. How can I choose the tastiest Formal presentations? As usual, there are theoretic academic presentations about algorithms but also an entire session of Formal goodies: “New Frontiers in Formal Verification”.

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Posted in Events |