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Debugging sol'n promises to halve design time

29 Apr 2015

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Cadence Design Systems Inc. has introduced a debugging solution that claims to cut the time needed to identify bugs in a design by up to 50 per cent compared to traditional signal- or transaction-level debug methods. In addition to the Indago Debug Platform, Cadence rolled out three debugging apps that plug into the platform and can be used with other verification tools to provide a single integrated and synchronised debug solution for testbench, verification IP (VIP), and hardware/software debug for SoC designs.

The Indago Debug Platform and debugging apps are part of the comprehensive Cadence System Development Suite and are available for early adopters. General availability is expected by June 2015.

Cadence Indago Debug Analyser App

Cadence Indago Debug Analyser App provides engineers with causal relationships to allow them to quickly get to the root cause of any issue in their design within a few clicks.

With its patented root-cause analysis technology, the Indago Debug Platform filters unneeded data to go beyond the source for a single bug to resolve the cause of all related bugs. Existing debug methodologies used by designers require multiple simulation iterations to incrementally extract data points that ultimately point to the source of the bug. The technology in the Indago Debug Platform can reduce the human time necessary to resolve schedule-impacting bugs by up to 50 per cent using a common set of resources that enable a suite of commercial and user-created apps that automate the analysis of data from multiple verification engines and multiple vendors.

With a unified debug platform and the debug apps, the Indago Debug Platform enables multiple engineering specialists from design, testbench, embedded software and protocol verification to operate as a team to resolve SoC bugs. The three debug apps are: Indago Debug Analyser that extends root-cause analysis from e testbench (IEEE 1647) to SystemVerilog (IEEE 1800) and increases performance by up to 10X; Indago Embedded Software Debug that resolves bugs associated with embedded software applications by synchronising software and hardware source code debug; and Indago Protocol Debug that visualises advanced protocols such as DDR4, ARM AMBA AXI and ACE using Cadence VIP for intuitive debugging.

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