Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today extended the Incisive Enterprise Family of verification technology by releasing the Cadence(R) Incisive(R) Enterprise Scenario Builder, an innovative new technology that boosts team resource utilization and productivity by enabling designers to become highly productive in advanced verification. Designers can compose multi-channel verification scenarios without a deep understanding of object-oriented programming or coverage-driven verification environments created by verification specialists.
With the Incisive Enterprise Scenario Builder, multi-specialist teams developing large system-on-chips (SoCs) can empower designers to play a significant role in the advanced verification process. The product’s innovative natural visualization of the verification environment enables designers, as well as dedicated verification engineers, to create realistic chip-level scenarios in a matter of hours instead of days.
Scenario Builder was inspired by consumer video editing and audio composition software, which enable computer users to easily create polished video and musical compositions without extensive technical training. Scenario Builder uses an intuitive drag-and-drop library and template-based graphical user interface. Scenarios or sequences can be defined and altered throughout verification, and the sequences can be mixed across interfaces in unique combinations to create complex chip-level scenarios for verification.
“With Scenario Builder our logic designers will now be able to create advanced test cases and reusable sequences with no lengthy training on verification languages and techniques,” said Assaf Avraham, director of VLSI at Ceva, Inc.
Scenario Builder automatically extracts from an advanced verification environment, including verification intellectual property (VIP), the information needed to present an abstracted visualization of the environment and its sequence building blocks. This can eliminate the need to read thousands of lines of source code. Scenario Builder also facilitates VIP reuse through the easy construction of reusable sequence libraries.
“Not only is Scenario Builder a tremendous productivity enhancer, but it significantly facilitates VIP-based verification process automation by providing a user-friendly and language-agnostic interface foundation,” said Ann Germany, director of Strategic Marketing at Globetech Solutions.
“Incisive Enterprise Scenario Builder is another example of the kind of innovation Cadence is bringing the industry in functional verification,” said Steve Glaser, corporate vice president of Marketing with the Cadence Verification Division. “We have a unique focus on building verification process automation solutions for multi-specialist SoC and system development teams from plan to closure. Scenario Builder, along with our recently announced Incisive Plan-to-Closure Methodology and the Incisive Plan- to-Closure Knowledge System,,provides the broad expertise needed to boost the productivity, quality and predictability of complete programs and products.”
Cadence enables global electronic-design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today’s integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software and hardware, methodologies, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, printed circuit boards and systems used in consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. Cadence reported 2005 revenues of approximately $1.3 billion, and has approximately 5,000 employees. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centres, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry.