Emulation platform bolsters SoC verification abilities

MentorTHMentor Graphics Corp. has ushered in a new era of emulation by announcing new applications for the Veloce emulation platform. The new Veloce Apps—Veloce Deterministic ICE, Veloce DFT and Veloce FastPath—overcome critical system-level verification challenges in complex SoC and system designs. They run on an upgraded Veloce OS3 operating system that significantly accelerates design compile cycles, gate-level flows, and the time it takes to review results (“time to visibility”). The combination of Veloce Apps on Veloce OS3 puts more capabilities into the hands of more engineers more quickly than hardware-centric strategies.

Each of the new Veloce Apps addresses a specific verification issue:

  • Veloce Deterministic ICE overcomes unpredictability in ICE environments by adding 100 percent visibility and repeatability for debug, and provides access to other ‘virtual-based’ use models;
  • Veloce DFT accelerates Design for Test (DFT) verification prior to tape-out to minimize the risk of catastrophic failure, and significantly reduces run times when verifying designs after DFT insertion; and
  • Veloce FastPath optimizes emulation performance when verifying large multi-clock SoC designs by enabling faster model execution speed.

These new Veloce Apps join Veloce Power, Veloce Enterprise Server and other apps in an expanding arsenal of software innovations for the Veloce emulation platform. Mentor will continue to expand the library of Veloce Apps to introduce new ways to ensure designs meet their functional and performance specifications on schedule.

“Mentor continues to demonstrate its technology leadership through its application-based strategy for the Veloce emulation platform,” said Eric Selosse, vice president and general manager of the Mentor Emulation Division. “These latest innovations accelerate overall verification throughput performance for our customers. The focus on software apps for specific SoC and system-level challenges is driving the future of emulation.”

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