PISCATAWAY, N.J.--April 5, 2006--A new standard from the IEEE addresses the challenge of verifying complex system-on-chip (SoC) designs from block to system levels. The standard, IEEE 1647(TM), "Standard for the Functional Verification Language 'e'", is the first uniform, open e-language specification. This language, which contains advanced constructs and facilities not found in other verification languages, is widely used by chip and computer makers the world over.
The standard creates a stable and well-defined language that provides a base for creating advanced e-based design automation tools to deal with today's massive verification tasks. It defines the 'e' language independent of implementation and specifies e-language constructs and their interactions with other simulation languages.
"Standardization of the 'e' language is a true milestone for the electronics industry," said Yaron Kashai, chair of the P1647 Working Group and Engineering Group Director of Verification Research at Cadence Design Systems. "As chip features approach 65 nm or less, manufacturers need the most advanced methods for system verification so as to design and produce advanced SoCs economically and efficiently.
"IEEE 1647 seeks to meet this need. It arms engineers and others with a powerful, aspect-oriented language that allows extensible verification of involved electronic designs. It also gives the 'e' language the stability needed by the user community, which includes more than 75 percent of the world's largest electronics companies. This stability ensures that the language will remain viable as advanced tools based on it are developed."
"Siemens A&D has proven expertise in 'e' and advanced verification methodologies on complex IP blocks and entire systems," said Dr. Andreas Dieckmann, Verification Manager of Siemens A&D. "We are happy that the 'e' language is now an open standard, and we are also pleased to see Cadence's continued investment in 'e' technology. Therefore we are confident that we can rely on this proven technology in our projects."
IEEE 1647 was developed by a diverse working group and then reviewed and approved by 55 experts from industry and academia. "We appreciate the time and hard work of those in the volunteer IEEE community who developed, reviewed and balloted this important standard," said Kashai.
The 'e' language was pioneered by Verisity, Ltd., which contributed the technology base for the new standard to the IEEE so an open e-language standard could be created. Verisity was acquired by Cadence Design Systems in April 2005.
IEEE 1647 is sponsored by the Design Automation Committee of the IEEE Computer Society.
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