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System-level design and verification - at the center!

Comments(0)Filed under: System simulation and analysis, System Design and Verification, Acceleration, Emulation, Hardware/software co-verification, ESL handoff, ISX, CDNLive! Silicon Valley 2008, Coverage Driven Verification for Embedded Software, ESL, embedded SW engineer, architect, embedded software

This year, Cadence increases its focus on system-level design and verification events. During the latest CDNLive San-Jose that was held in September, the guest keynoteCDNLive Guest Speaker - Dr. Jan Rabaey, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, described the challenges and opportunities facing customers and partners in the years ahead.

System-level design was the center of his talk. According to Dr. Rabaey: "The moment for true system-level design is finally here".

In his presentation, Dr. Rabaey quoted Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, co-founder and chief technology advisor at Cadence by saying: "Recognition of the common requirements for co-design of hardware and software will create new solutions that eventually will lead into productivity gains, lower cost and first-path design success."

Dr Rabaey added: "The semiconductor and the design automation industries focused in the past on "component design". They need to address the system space in a hollistic way by addressing the following challenges:

A. Complexity and emerging behavior of networked systems
B. System-level matrix-driven design and verification
C. System-level reliability

The complexity issue can be solved by:

A. Raising the abstraction-model
B. Enabling a "virtual engineering" design methodology
C. A system-level design science development

"Finally," said Rabaey. "If you ignore system-level design, you're toast."

Many good presentations were delivered by customers in the system-level space at CDNLive San-Jose. If you missed the event, do not worry; Many of these presentations will be published at the community Web site. You also have the opportunity to hear about Cadence system-level solutions during the up-coming events.

ARM Development Conference - Oct 7th through Oct 9th at the Santa Clara Convention Center:

1. Visit Cadence at Booth # 519 & 616
2. Come to hear about a new ARM/CDNS Hardware/Software Co-verification environment on Tuesday, Oct. 7th at 12:30 p.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Connected Community Theater.

Rapid System-Verification Techtorials:

The up-coming system-verification techtorial will provide you info about Cadence system-level solutions with the following highlights:

  • Transaction-level modeling
  • Transaction-based acceleration
  • SystemC simulation
  • In-circuit emulation
  • Acceleration of constrained-random coverage-driven verification
  • HW/SW co-verification
  • Metric-driven methodology/Verification planning and management

Sign-up for to these techtorials here.

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