Ever since Arm released the Arm® AMBA® 5 AHB5 protocol specifications, questions have arisen among users in the design and verification community—”Why AHB5?”, “What is new in AHB5?” etc. This post initiates a short series of blogs in which we will address these questions and introduce the new features of AMBA 5 AHB5.
Arm TechCon 2017 took place at Santa Clara on 24-26th Oct, 2017. This year, Synopsys’ Arm® AMBA® protocol experts were on hand to demonstrate our verification automation solutions for Arm AMBA Coherent Interconnects. Synopsys Auto SoC Testbench generation solution enables easy and quick integration and configuration of hundreds of coherent and non-coherent AMBA ports and corresponding VIP instances. Our experts also introduced our AMBA AutoPerformance solution to generate AMBA(CHI/ACE/AXI) interconnect performance verification stimulus. The AutoPerformance solution, based on Arm traffic profile specification, enables user to define traffic profiles for measurement of performance metrics like throughput, latency etc., and the stimulus is driven by VIP for AMBA (CHI/ACE/AXI).
Synopsys hosted the annual Verification Luncheon and Customer Panel – SoC Leaders Verify with Synopsys at DAC 2017 in Austin, Texas. The panel featured industry experts and executives from Intel, Qualcomm, AMD, NXP, and Wave Computing, and drove our main messages of innovation and technology leadership, in addition to collaborations with market makers. In case you missed it, this blog provides the highlights and video of the event.
There was a time when coherent multi-processor systems were a niche technology with complex proprietary architectures. With ever increasing demand for performance, coherent systems with multiple processors and coherent accelerators are now being adopted rapidly across applications and market segments ranging from infrastructure networking and servers to storage and automotive. ARM® AMBA® 5 CHI provides the much needed standard architecture for coherent designs.
The ordering of memory transactions in Arm® AMBA® protocol is a significant requirement, i.e. the sequence of memory updates/accesses must follow a defined ordering as per the specification. Ordering is important for synchronization events by a processor with respect to retiring load/store instructions. AMBA ACE barrier transactions are used for maintaining the memory ordering across a system. The learning curve to understand barrier transactions may become a barrier to verify your design thoroughly. This blog provides insight, making it easier to understand and verify the barrier transactions. The blog will cover different types of barrier transactions, usage, and domain boundaries.
AMBA AXI exclusive access may look simple at first glance, but as we delve deeper into it, we find the different flavors of exclusive access. The possibility of these different scenarios and combinations poses a tough challenge in verifying the critical feature in AMBA-based designs. This blog primarily focusses on exclusive access in AMBA AXI3, the concept, its different flavors and how Synopsys VIP can be leveraged to overcome the corresponding verification challenges.
Verifying today’s complex designs is time consuming, as simulations run for long time and millions of transaction are executed. Traditional approach of debug is to dump all the information of millions of packets in a log file, however it would always be challenging to filter out specific transactions from the huge log file. For example, in case of AXI Protocol, a fixed number of outstanding transactions are allowed during simulation, it would always be difficult to find out such outstanding transaction in the huge log file of a single run of simulation or during interactive simulation. It is one of the biggest pain point of debugging.
The Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2016 was a great success and here we provide you the highlights of Synopsys’ activities at the event.
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