Open Verification Methodology World Community Forms Advisory Group

The Open Verification Methodology (OVM) World community announced the OVM Advisory Group (OAG), an organization of distinguished users and ecosystem suppliers, is helping to develop new features and capabilities for the OVM. Founding members of the OAG include ARM; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Denali Software, Inc.; Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.; IBM Corp.; Infineon Technologies; Nokia Corp.; STMicroelectronics NV and Xilinx, Inc.

“The OVM is available under the Apache 2.0 open-source license, so our OVM-based verification environments are usable with all commercial simulators supporting the SystemVerilog testbench subset,” said Jean-Marc Chateau, group vice president, IP & Design, at STMicroelectronics. “One of our main interests in participating in the OAG is to drive the evolution of the OVM according to our needs by providing our feedback and requirements to the group.”

Input from the user community and members of the OAG, which first met in February 2008, is reflected in the latest release of the OVM, version 1.1, now available for download from OVM World. This release includes enhancements to stimulus generation arising directly from user experiences. With more than 4,400 registered users and hundreds of industry projects using the OVM, the OAG already has a wealth of suggestions and proposals to consider for future releases.

About Open Verification Methodology
The Open Verification Methodology, based on IEEE Std. 1800[TM]-2005 SystemVerilog standard, is the first open, language-interoperable, SystemVerilog verification methodology in the industry. It provides a methodology and accompanying library that allow users to create modular, reusable verification environments in which components communicate with each other via standard transaction-level modeling interfaces. It also enables intra- and inter-company reuse through a common methodology and classes for virtual sequences and block-to-system reuse, and full integration with other languages commonly used in production flows. The OVM and OVM World began in August 2007 as a joint effort by Cadence Design Systems and Mentor Graphics.

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