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It’s Coming: Udacity CS348 Functional Hardware Verification Course Launches on March 12, 2013

Comments(0)Filed under: Functional Verification, Specman, IEEE 1647, Udacity, CS348

On October 18, 2012 Google, NVIDIA, Microsoft, Autodesk, Cadence and Wolfram announced their collaboration with Udacity. Working with Udacity, each of the companies listed above is developing new massive open online courses (MOOCs).

The Cadence contribution is CS348 Functional Hardware Verification.

You can enroll in this course by clicking on "Add to my Courses" on this page.


Today, we are happy to announce that our course will launch on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The full course consists of 9 units and will include industry cameos from several distinguished engineers from different companies around the world. These engineers provide additional perspective to the topics of the particular units in the course.

To give you a little taste of the course, we are releasing the first clip of the first unit today.

As you watch the video, you will notice this is going to be different.

One key aspect that is not shown in the first clip is the high level of student engagement and interaction. Besides micro-lectures, the course will contain lots of interactive quizzes and many online coding exercises to ensure the concepts are well understood and can be put into practice immediately.

We will preview some of the interactive capabilities in the next weeks.

This is the list of units:

  1. Introduction to Hardware Verification
  2. Basic stimulus modeling and generation
  3. Interfacing to the Hardware Model
  4. Monitoring and Functional Coverage
  5. Checking
  6. Aspect Oriented Programming
  7. Reuse Methodology
  8. Debugging
  9. Conclusion and Exam

The course will be completely self-paced, which means you can take it at your own pace and leisure.

Finally, the course will close with a final exam and Udacity certificate to show your performance.

Get ready to verify and check for course news on Facebook and Twitter!

Axel Scherer
Incisive Product Expert Team
Twitter, @axelscherer


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