Generating Hardware Assertion Checkers

For Hardware Verification, Emulation, Post-Fabrication Debugging and On-Line Monitoring

  • Marc Boulé
  • Zeljko Zilic

About this book


Assertion-based design is a powerful new paradigm that is facilitating quality improvement in electronic design. Assertions are statements used to describe properties of the design (I.e., design intent), that can be included to actively check correctness throughout the design cycle and even the lifecycle of the product. With the appearance of two new languages, PSL and SVA, assertions have already started to improve verification quality and productivity.

This is the first book that presents an “under-the-hood” view of generating assertion checkers, and as such provides a unique and consistent perspective on employing assertions in major areas, such as: specification, verification, debugging, on-line monitoring and design quality improvement.

The PSL and SVA languages are treated in a unified way, thereby facilitating better learning and usage of the modern assertion languages, with a focus on obtaining the highest performance from assertion checkers.

The obtained checkers are thoroughly benchmarked and verified, while formal proofs using automated reasoning techniques are explained. Included are examples of practical circuits (PCI, AMBA, Wishbone-PIC, CPU Pipeline) and their assertion checker synthesis.


Emulator Hardware assertion checkers assertion-based verification automata hardware verification integrated circuit silicon debugging verification

Authors and affiliations

  • Marc Boulé
    • 1
  • Zeljko Zilic
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical & Computer EngineeringMcGill UniversityH3A 2A7MontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-8585-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8586-4
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