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Verification tools and golden reference model provide support for RISC-V custom instruction extensions and full processor design verification

RISC-V DV

Oxford, United Kingdom, April 21st, 2020 — Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in virtual platforms and high-performance software simulation, today announced that Mellanox Technologies a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for datacenter servers and storage systems, has selected the Imperas  advanced hardware verification of RISC-V processors. RISC-V as an open ISA (Instruction Set…

Imperas leading proprietary code-morphing simulation technology and verification tools complemented with local support and engineering services for complete customer solutions

Coontec Staff

Oxford, United Kingdom, March 31st, 2020 — Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in virtual platforms and high-performance software simulation, today announced the certification of Coontec Design Center based in Pangyo Techno Valley, South Korea. The extensive partnership will provide customers with virtual platform design services to accelerate early stage software development and…

Recently there was a very interesting article about how companies are interested in developing their own processors, following the success of RISC-V, but verification is a daunting challenge.

semiengineering.com

The introduction, and initial success, of the RISC-V processor ISA has reignited interest in the design of custom processors, but the industry is now grappling with how to verify them. The expertise and tools that were once in the market have been consolidated into the hands of the few companies that have been shipping processor chips or IP cores over the past 20 years.

Verification of a processor is…

Recent article in The Register on the impact of RISC-V, a decade on, expanding open ecosystem highlights limits of monolithic approach to CPU design

The Register

 

How well does Intel sleep? It's just rounded off a record year with a record quarter, turning silicon into greenbacks more efficiently than ever, redeeming recent wobbles in the data centre market and missteps in fabrication with double-digit growth.
The company should be slumbering with all the unworried ease of Scrooge McDuck on a mattress stuffed with thousand…

Imperas RISC-V reference models now available with SystemVerilog UVM side-by-side step and compare verification testbenches for RTL processor cores in leading commercial Design Verification (DV) environments

RISC-V Verification - UVM Step and Compare flow using Imperas Reference Model

 

Oxford, United Kingdom, February 24th, 2020 — Imperas Software Ltd.the leader in virtual platforms and high-performance software…

Leading commercial simulation technology from Imperas combined with Mentor’s Questa SystemVerilog RTL verification platform extends the hardware design verification of RISC-V cores with industrial quality coverage methodologies

Design Verification Comparing Reference Model with RTL

Oxford, United Kingdom, February 21st, 2020 — Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in virtual platforms and high-performance software simulation, today …

Recently Kevin McDermott, Imperas VP Marketing, was invited to share some views for the year ahead

EDACafe 2020

The Lost Art of Microprocessor Verification & Virtual Platforms Announce a Comeback Tour

Microprocessors have been a disruptive force within the electronics industry since the 1970’s, bringing compute resources to new levels of devices and breaking barriers as innovation based on the key specification of ISA (Instruction Set Architecture), which allows…

How close can we get to automated system optimization from a software function? The target keeps moving but the tools keep becoming more capable

Semiconductor Engineering

Building an optimal implementation of a system using a functional description has been an industry goal for a long time, but it has proven to be much more difficult than it sounds.
The general idea is to take software designed to run on a processor and to improve performance using various types of alternative hardware. That performance can be specified in…

Tools and methodologies exist, but who will actually do the verification is unclear.

Semiconductor Engineering

While the promised flexibility of open source could have advantages and possibilities for processors and SoCs, where does the industry stand on verification approaches and methodologies from here? Single-source ISAs of the past relied on general industry verification technologies and methodologies, but open-source ISA-based processor users and adopters will need to review the verification flows of the processor and SoC.