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Technical Tutorials from DVCon Available

The complete set of technical tutorials from Accellera Day at DVCon 2014 is now available:

  • Using UPF for Low Power Design and Verification presents the latest information on the Unified Power Format (UPF). Beginning with a review of the concepts, terminology, commands, and options provided by UPF, it covers the full spectrum of UPF capabilities and methodology, from basic flows through advanced applications, with particular focus on incremental adoption of UPF.
  • In Case Studies in SystemC, hands-on users and tool developers share their recent experience and describe advanced methodologies that have helped them achieve significant benefits. Includes a few of the most useful features introduced with SystemC 2.3.0 and code examples.
  • OCP: The Journey Continues presents the past, present and future of the Open Core Protocol IP interface socket standard, which was transferred to Accellera in October, 2013. It includes a discussion about the future needs in IP core interfacing and where future version of the OCP standard may play a role.
  • Experience the Next ~Wave~ of Analog and Digital Signal Processing using SystemC AMS 2.0 is a highly technical tutorial that targets system engineers, integrators, architects and verification engineers active in industrial projects where analog and digital signal processing functionality comes together and where interoperability between mixed-signal and HW/SW subsystems becomes apparent.
  • UVM — What's Now and What's Next presents topics on sequence creation, register layer use (both beginner and advanced), TLM-based communication, test execution using run-time phases, and messaging enhancements.

In addition, The Future of Mixed Signal Verification: From Manual Simulations to Full Regression presents a panel discussion of emerging techniques that would enable the digital-centric mixed-signal community to reach their next level of verification. Moderated by Helene Thibieroz of Synopsys, the discussion includes panelists from Intel, Texas Instruments, Maxim Integrated, and Qualcomm.

UVM 1.2 is Here!

A new version of the class reference document UVM 1.2 for SoC verification is available. UVM 1.2 improves interoperability and reduces the cost of IP development and reuse for each new project. New features include enhanced messaging and improvements to the register layer. UVM 1.2 and its reference implementation are available for download. The implementation includes detailed release notes and script to help users upgrade, as some new features introduce backward incompatibility. UVM 1.2 is entering a review period ending October 1. Users are encouraged to participate using the UVM 1.2 Public Review Forum. UVM has an active user community. The LinkedIn group tops 5,300 members. A technical tutorial from the 2014 Design and Verification Conference is available. Taught by industry experts, the five-part tutorial includes an introduction to UVM 1.2 and in-depth user examples. Find out more about UVM 1.2 in our press release. Read more >


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• UVM 1.2 released. Download | Read the press release


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• Verilog-AMS 2.4 released. Download | Read the press release


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• Accellera acquires OCP 3.0.  Press release


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