The integration of simulation and formal capabilities within IEV allows engineers to leverage assertions in new ways. The same assertions used in formal analysis can be used automatically by the simulation engine to generate new stimulus for the design. Further, IEV can automatically switch back and forth between the formal and simulation engines to leverage both the rapid design exploration of simulation and the verification thoroughness of formal analysis. Design and verification engineers get a higher return from assertions, and adoption is easier because IEV provides powerful formal analysis in a familiar simulation environment. ( Click for video of IEV product announcement.)
"We use both formal analysis and testbench simulation based on a multi-language approach in our standard verification flow," said Mirella Negro Marcigaglia, MMS Microcontroller Division verification manager, at STMicroelectronics. "Incisive Enterprise Verifier combines these technologies to accelerate tasks that we used to perform much later in the development process, thereby reducing our project verification time."
IEV enables the detection of more bugs and the exercise of more coverage metrics early in the project, before a testbench is available. IEV's tight integration of simulation and formal provides capabilities far beyond existing "hybrid" offerings in the market. Unique features include easier setup, automatic operation for most users, fine-grained control for expert users, and assertion debug capabilities. IEV also includes support for verification planning, regression operation on server farms, multi-core performance improvements, and consolidation of metrics gathered from regression runs. IEV links seamlessly to Incisive Enterprise Manager for metric-driven verification across large projects.
"The challenge of performing thorough, efficient verification on today's designs is growing right along with the size and complexity of the designs themselves," said Tom Anderson, product marketing director for Enterprise Verification at Cadence. "Incisive Enterprise Verifier should be of interest to any company seeking to boost its verification program. This new product expands the scope of assertion-based verification, finding more bugs and driving more quickly toward verification closure."
Incisive Enterprise Verifier will be discussed Thursday in a customer presentation at the CDNLive! Silicon Valley conference. Details and registration information is available at www.cdnlive.com.
Incisive Enterprise Verifier (IEV) is available immediately.
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