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June 07, 2011

Fujitsu Kyushu Network Adopts Atrenta SpyGlass AutoVerify for Advanced Lint Analysis

Atrenta has announced that Fujitsu (News - Alert) Kyushu Network Technologies has adopted its SpyGlass AutoVerify for Advanced Lint analysis to achieve design quality of results (QoR) and design productivity improvements in their ASIC/FPGA flows.

“Fujitsu Kyushu Network Technologies Limited’s adoption of our SpyGlass Advanced Lint solution further validates the enhanced value of our SpyGlass platform,” said Ramesh Dewangan, senior director of product marketing for the SpyGlass platform at Atrenta.

Recently, Atrenta extended its SpyGlass family and added an Advanced Lint feature. Fujitsu Kyushu Network Technologies said that it performed rigorous evaluation of the Advanced Lint capability and identified several critical problems in RTL through its use.

“With SpyGlass AuoVerify, we were able to identify deeper RTL issues using formal technologies which are hard-to-find using basic linting or a simulation based methodology,” said Yuji Yoshitani, senior engineer for Development Dept.II, System logic Development Center at Fujitsu Kyushu Network Technologies.

Yoshitani said that SpyGlass AutoVerify enables the company to check “RTL activation status,” such as checking dead code, FSM deadlocks, unreachable states, static registers and initialized values of registers.

Company officials said that Advanced Lint feature uses formal verification techniques to detect hard-to-find design problems early and fix them even before functional verification begins.

In addition to extensive finite state machine (FSM) checks and audit capabilities, dead code checks, Advanced Lint capabilities include parallel and full-case pragma verification, bus contention and floating bus detection.

Moreover, the solution provides extensive support for VHDL and Verilog and also System Verilog as part of the SpyGlass platform, according to company officials.

 “Atrenta’s SpyGlass is already a de-facto industry standard in linting solutions, and the only platform to perform RTL analysis for linting, power, DFT, clock domain crossing, timing constraints and routing congestion,” Dewangan said.

Atrenta is a provider of SoC Realization solutions for the semiconductor and electronic systems industries. Last month, the company announced the deployment of a comprehensive soft IP qualification program using its SpyGlass platform and a targeted subset of its GuideWare reference methodology in TSMC’s IP quality assessment program.

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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

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