Verification by Error Modeling

Using Testing Techniques in Hardware Verification

  • Katarzyna Radecka
  • Zeljko Zilic

Part of the Frontiers in Electronic Testing book series (FRET, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Pages 1-17
  3. Pages 71-102
  4. Pages 103-128
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 191-216

About this book

Introduction

1. DESIGN FLOW Integrated circuit (IC) complexity is steadily increasing. ICs incorporating hundreds of millions of transistors, mega-bit memories, complicated pipelined structures, etc., are now in high demand. For example, Intel Itanium II processor contains more than 200 million transistors, including a 3 MB third level cache. A billion transistor IC was said to be “imminently doable” by Intel fellow J. Crawford at Microprocessor Forum in October 2002 [40]. Obviously, designing such complex circuits poses real challenges to engineers. Certainly, no relief comes from the competitive marketplace, with increasing demands for a very narrow window of time (time-to-market) in engineering a ready product. Therefore, a systematic and well-structured approach to designing ICs is a must. Although there are no widely adhered standards for a design flow, most companies have their own established practices, which they follow closely for in-house design processes. In general, however, a typical product cycle includes few milestones. An idea for a new product starts usually from an - depth market analysis of customer needs. Once a window of opportunity is found, product requirements are carefully specified. Ideally, these parameters would not change during the design process. In practice, initial phases of preparing a design specification are susceptible to potential errors, as it is very difficult to grasp all the details in a complex design.

Keywords

Hardware Simulation circuit design formal verification integrated circuit model modeling

Authors and affiliations

  • Katarzyna Radecka
    • 1
  • Zeljko Zilic
    • 2
  1. 1.Concordia UniversityCanada
  2. 2.McGill UniversityCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b105974
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-7652-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-48739-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0929-1296
  • About this book