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- Accelerates data collection, management, and analysis of functional verification
- Automates verification signoff combined with executable verification plans
- Improves design quality using forward-looking metrics and MDV methodology
The Incisive® vManager™ solution is a first-of-its-kind automated verification planning and management solution, fueled by client-server technology, a commercial SQL database, and an industry-standard enterprise API. With the Incisive vManager solution, you can improve your design quality while benefiting from improved productivity, predictability, controllability, and coordination of your functional verification environment. With an automated multi-user planning and management solution, you can execute pre-silicon verification scenarios on Incisive simulators, JasperGold® formal engines, or with Palladium Z1® hardware engines.
The tool automatically deploys execution runs, sets up analysis views, organizes and debugs the errors, and generates additional verification scenarios that further improve verification. The Incisive vManager solution is a shared resource, allowing many verification teams to combine their efforts, share data, and swiftly triage the decision process using powerful regression, analysis, tracking, and web reporting centers.
The Incisive vManager tool automates verification signoff through a combination of technologies, allowing you to track progress against a plan, measure signoff metrics, and publish signoff results in web dashboards. It all starts with authoring an executable verification plan, using the Planning Center within the environment. Incisive vManager planning technology is the most advanced specific-purpose verification planning technology. It’s interoperable with Microsoft Excel and with so much more. You can organize through milestones, visualize data from block through system level, create user-defined views, parameterize and reuse verification plans (vPlans), and manage volumes of data. Most importantly, you can tie your plans directly to a specification or a set of user requirements, keeping them in sync when they get updated. The Planning Center in the Incisive vManager environment is the heart of the verification process, and the tool ties metrics directly from your testbench, fully embedding the code and functional coverage analysis from the Incisive Metrics Center (IMC).
Enhancing Quality Via Metric-Driven Verification
The Incisive vManager solution improves quality by utilizing the metric-driven verification (MDV) methodology pioneered by Cadence for data-driven decisions. MDV supports the entire range of applications, from intellectual property (IP) projects utilizing an advanced coverage-driven verification approach to massive SoC programs and sub-programs using a more test-driven and software-driven verification approach.
Constrained random test generation works for both UVM and the Cadence® Perspec™ System Verifier, which automates system-level coverage-driven test development. Such an approach is proven for finding more bugs faster. As coverage is a leading indicator of bugs, the Incisive vManager solution directly connects and embeds the many different types of coverage within the IMC unified coverage solution, which is interoperable across the supported tools. RTL hardware code coverage and functional coverage, as well as embedded software and use-case coverage at the SoC level, can be shown together on the same vPlan.
With the Incisive vManager solution, you get comprehensive unification from small IP projects to massive SoCs and integrated execution to tracking.
With the Incisive vManager solution and MDV methodology, we significantly improved our large-scale integration verification process by adding automation to capture missing test cases and progress management.
Hiroyuki Shibaki, ASIC Design and Verification Manager, Ricoh
The Incisive vManager solution has been very well accepted by our design and verification teams because it’s really straightforward, intuitive, and easy to use. The Incisive vManager solution helps us with project visibility, which improves our verification productivity.
Mirella Negro Marcigaglia, Verification Manager, STMicroelectronics
The new Incisive vManager solution allows us to merge and analyze our latest cores’ databases on a scale never before possible, improving our productivity and providing faster time to market.
Ran Snir, VLSI Director, CEVA
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