Co-verification of hardware and software for ARM SoC design by Jason Andrews

By Jason Andrews

Hardware/software co-verification is how you can ensure that embedded method software program works accurately with the undefined, and that the has been accurately designed to run the software program effectively -before huge sums are spent on prototypes or production.

This is the 1st booklet to use this verification strategy to the speedily transforming into box of embedded systems-on-a-chip(SoC). As conventional embedded method layout evolves into single-chip layout, embedded engineers has to be armed with the mandatory info to make expert judgements approximately which instruments and method to installation. SoC verification calls for a mixture of services from the disciplines of microprocessor and machine structure, good judgment layout and simulation, and C and meeting language embedded software program. formerly, the correct details on the way it all suits jointly has now not been on hand. Andrews, a well-known specialist, offers in-depth information regarding how co-verification quite works, tips on how to prevail utilizing it, and pitfalls to prevent. He illustrates those techniques utilizing concrete examples with the ARM center - a know-how that has the dominant industry proportion in embedded process product layout. The better half CD-ROM comprises all resource code utilized in the layout examples, a searchable book model, and worthy layout instruments.

* the one e-book on verification for systems-on-a-chip (SoC) at the market

* Will keep engineers and their businesses money and time by way of displaying them how you can accelerate the trying out approach, whereas nonetheless fending off expensive mistakes

* layout examples use the ARM center, the dominant know-how in SoC, and all of the resource code is incorporated at the accompanying CD-Rom, so engineers can simply use it of their personal designs

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As a result, more sophisticated PLI functions emerged. Second generation functions are known as access routines (starting with acc_), and cover a variety of design objects while keeping the user interface as simple as possible. Access routines did a good job keeping the user interface simple, but often they are inconsistent. In 1995, Cadence came up with the third generation of PLI for Verilog, the Verilog Procedural Interface (VPI). All three generations of PLI are part of IEEE Standard 1364-1995.

The change affects other signals that have this signal as an input. All of the affected signals must be evaluated, which may add more events to the event list. The simulator keeps track of the current time, the current time step and the event list that holds future events. For each signal, the simulator keeps track of the logic state and the strength of the source or sources driving the signal. The logic simulator is the most common tool used to simulate the behavior of hardware designs. Logic simulators follow one of two models, interpreted-code or compiled-code.

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