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Celebrating the Holiday Season with VIPs

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PCIe Spread Spectrum Clocking (SSC) for Verification Engineers

Many of us who work primarily in digital verification and design are shielded from physical layer details. Only a handful of specialists closely follow these details. So for the rest of us, verifying and debugging Spread Spectrum Clocking (SSC) can be a daunting task.

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Posted in Methodology, PCIe

 

NVMe VIP Architecture: Host Features

In my last post, I covered a basic NVMe VIP test-case including some basic setup, sending a command and receiving a completion. Here, we’ll look at a few more NVMe commands, touching on some of the features and capabilities of the VIP.

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Posted in Methodology, NVMe, PCIe, UVM

 

MIPI I3C VIP Accelerates Scalable Sensor Interfaces on Mobile Devices

As sensors continue to get smaller, more powerful and cheaper, smartphones and other mobile devices incorporate over ten sensors to create self-aware devices. For instance, most recent models of Apple and Samsung handheld devices use several sensors to perform some of their coolest interface tricks: proximity sensor, accelerometer (motion sensor), ambient light sensor, moisture sensor, gyroscope, thermometer and magnetometer (compass). These sensors enable key capabilities for users including location services, health apps, fingerprint scanning and sophisticated gaming while optimizing power usage and WiFi access.  

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Posted in Debug, I3C, Mobile SoC, SystemVerilog, UVM

 

First Ethernet 400G VIP to Enable Next-Gen Networking and Communications SoCs

On Monday, Synopsys announced the availability of the industry’s first verification IP (VIP) and source code test suite to support the proposed IEEE P802.3bs/D1.0 Ethernet 400G standard (400GbE). To understand how it will enable next generation networking and communication systems, we take a look at the evolution of the Ethernet.

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Posted in Data Center, Ethernet, Methodology, SystemVerilog, Test Suites, UVM

 

ARM TechCon: Optimize SoC Performance with Synopsys Verification IP and Verdi Unified Debug

Companies developing complex ARM-based SoC designs have to constantly keep up with evolving interface standards and proliferating protocols a recurring problem that is resource-intensive and time-consuming. Orchestrating these multiple protocols is critical to extracting maximum SoC performance a key competitive differentiator. Achieving high performance while ensuring correct protocol behavior is best addressed by a combination of transaction-based, protocol-aware verification and debug environments. Synopsys VIP coupled with the Verdi unified debug platform spans verification planning, simulation debug, coverage, HW-SW debug and emulation debug, and helps tackle this challenge end-to-end.

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Posted in AMBA, CHI, Debug, Methodology

 

PCIe Gen4 – VIP/IP Solution with Protocol-Aware Debug and Source Code Test Suites

Today’s PCIe verification engineers have to trade-off between verification completeness and demanding time to market, and the new Gen4 specification makes it more challenging.  This video highlights Synopsys’ complete PCIe Gen4 solution that includes implementation IP (Controller/PHY), Verification IP, protocol-aware debug and source code test suites to accelerate verification closure.

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Posted in Debug, Methodology, PCIe, SystemVerilog, Test Suites, UVM

 

Synopsys NVMe VIP Architecture: The Host Protocol Layers

Our previous post on NVMe was an overview of the NVMe protocol. We will now start looking closer at the VIP-proper, looking initially at the NVMe Host Protocol layers. This will provide an introductory overview of sending commands to the NVMe Controller.

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Posted in Methodology, NVMe, PCIe, UVM

 

MIPI UniPro: Major Differentiating Features, Benefits and Verification Challenges

MIPI UniPro is a recent addition to mobile chip-to-chip interconnect technology. It’s got many useful features to meet the requirements of mobile applications. That’s perhaps why Google’s Project Ara has selected MIPI UniPro and MIPI M-PHY as its backbone interconnects.

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Posted in Methodology, MIPI, Mobile SoC, MPHY, Unipro

 

Get Ready for IoT with Synopsys PCIe VC Verification IP Workshop

Internet of Things (IoT) is connecting billions of intelligent “things” to our fingertips. The ability to sense countless amounts of information that communicates to the cloud is driving innovation into IoT applications. Servers powering the cloud will have to scale to handle these billions of intelligent things. As a preparation to that PCIe Gen 4 has been introduced. It is capable of supporting 16 T transfers/s. Current primary market driver for the PCIe Gen4 application seems to be server storage space.

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Posted in Debug, Methodology, MIPI, MPHY, PCIe, SystemVerilog