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Synopsys expands VC Apps line-up

19 Mar 2015

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Synopsys launched 200 debug and design analysis apps on the VC Apps Exchange portal and in the Verdi VC Apps Toolbox. The Synopsys' VC Apps Exchange provide designers direct access to design, environment and verification information in the Verdi debug platform.

"As a fabless semiconductor company developing our advanced supercomputing on a chiptechnology, we need an efficient tool to manage the design and verification complexity inherent in many-core processor architectures," said Jehan-Philippe Barbiero, hardware verification manager at Kalray. "To meet these needs, we have used VC Apps as a common platform and have created several methodologies and apps to automate our verification and debug flows, including Smart Dumping Control App and Auto Waveform Manipulation App. As a result, we have seen noticeable improvement in the productivity of waveform generation. VC Apps has also helped us to share the know-how of IPs and cores with all of the Kalray teams."

"Our Ascent and Meridian SoC verification and RTL sign-off software effectively handle the most complex challenges of design teams, including cross-domain crossing analysis," said Graham Bell, vice president of marketing at Real Intent. "Our native integration with the Verdi debug platform through VC Apps enables easy identification of design issues from within our debug environment and leads to quick resolution of any root causes."

With debug consuming as much as 50 per cent of verification time and effort due to the complexities of today's designs, constant innovation and customisation are needed. To make debug maximally efficient, VC Apps provide users with the tools to create custom applications to overcome their unique design and verification challenges. Through Synopsys' collaboration with customers and partners globally, the number of available VC Apps continues to grow.

Now with more than 200 apps available, customers have access to capabilities that address many design challenges including design exploration, design rule validation, debug automation, debug waveform investigation, power estimation and exploration, technology integration, and design manipulation. These customisations and automated work flows boost productivity and help design teams address their unique and changing verification challenges.

The VC Apps Developers Forum, focused on accelerating SoC debug and verification, will be held on Tuesday, March 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the SNUG Silicon Valley 2015 conference. At this forum, SoC design teams from around the world can learn from Synopsys and industry experts on how to create their own VC Apps and use them to boost verification and debug efficiency.

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