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Cadence intros Xtreme series for hardware verification

Posted: 14 Sep 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cadence Design Systems  Xtreme III  Incisive functional verification platform 

Cadence Design Systems Inc. has introduced the Cadence Incisive Design Team Xtreme III Systems, the next generation of the Incisive Xtreme series of accelerator/emulators within the Incisive functional verification platform. Developed with the design engineer in mind, Xtreme III Systems combine the power and speed of hardware assisted verification with ease of use for simulation savvy designers.

Xtreme III Systems simplify the ability to move to and from simulation and acceleration engines, integrate verification management and debug environments, and support advanced verification methodologies such as assertion-based and transaction-based acceleration. It offers twice the performance of Xtreme Server with 10-100,000 times the simulation performance gain, supporting up to 72M gates in a single chassis.

The simulation-like, event-driven environment of Xtreme III provides a host of verification process automation capabilities for design teams. These capabilities include integration with Incisive Design Team Manager for plan- and metric-driven closure management, integration with the Incisive SimVision simulation debug environment, and support of SystemVerilog Assertions and SystemVerilog Direct Programming Interface. In addition, an enhanced compatibility mode emulates the Incisive Design Team Simulator and supports its compile scripts. The hot-swap capability between the simulator and the accelerator, VCD-on-Demand, and the inclusion of behavioural language processors help design teams migrate from simulation to Xtreme III Systems.

A new concurrent mode allows designers to run their transaction-based acceleration environment with SCE-MI 1.1 approaching maximum emulation speed. The robust verification IP portfolio of the Incisive platform allows Xtreme III Systems users to access the Incisive Assertion Library, popular bus-protocol transactors, as well as a rich library of SpeedBridge rate adapters.

Xtreme III Systems are offered in two tiers: Xtreme III Desktop, an entry level product that supports simulation, acceleration and targetless emulation, and Xtreme III System that also offers in-circuit emulation capabilities. Both systems can accommodate up to 12 users simultaneously making them the premier acceleration/emulation offering for the entire design team.

Limited quantities of the systems are currently available. Full release is scheduled for the end of year.

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