Speaker: Doug Fisher, Synopsys

Conference: Formal Verification 2015 (click here to see full programme)
Speaker: Doug Fisher, Senior Staff Application Consultant
Organisation: Synopsys
Presentation Title: Alternative formal techniques to increase verification productivity
Abstract: Formal verification techniques such as property checking and formal applications have become an important part of today’s verification methodology. Designers play an increasing role in verification, both because of the additional resource and, also, because of the cost effectiveness of finding bugs earlier in the design flow. As we look for greater increases in productivity, we need to look for optimal formal techniques to address the practical challenges of the entire design and verification team.This presentation considers how the practical challenges of design bring-up, rapid verification of iterative design refinement, root cause analysis and verification sign-off can be addressed with transactional equivalence checking, sequential equivalence checking and formal debug techniques.

  • Transactional equivalence checking helps find bugs for quick design bring-up, verifies iterative design changes and provides a technique for verification sign-off.
  • Sequential equivalence checking can verify iterative manual RTL edits such as clock gating, data gating, register retiming, and DFT insertion.
  • Formal techniques can augment root cause analysis in debug.
Biography Doug Fisher is a Senior Staff Application Consultant for Synopsys. Doug has worked as an ASIC design engineer, team leader, and manager in the semiconductor and telecommunications industries. For the last 14 years he has helped customers adopt simulation, formal and static verification technologies. Doug has a BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

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