A Practical Guide for SystemVerilog Assertions by Srikanth Vijayaraghavan

By Srikanth Vijayaraghavan

SystemVerilog language includes 3 very particular components of constructs - layout, assertions and testbench. Assertions upload a complete new size to the ASIC verification technique. Assertions supply a greater technique to do verification proactively. often, engineers are used to writing verilog try benches that aid simulate their layout. Verilog is a procedural language and is particularly constrained in features to deal with the advanced Asic's outfitted this present day. SystemVerilog assertions (SVA) are a declarative and temporal language that offers first-class keep an eye on over the years and parallelism. this gives the designers a truly powerful device to unravel their verification difficulties. whereas the language is outfitted strong, the considering is particularly assorted from the user's viewpoint when put next to plain verilog language. the idea that remains to be very new and there's now not sufficient services within the box to undertake this system and be triumphant. whereas the language has been outlined rather well, there's no useful advisor that indicates the best way to use the language to resolve genuine verification difficulties. This ebook stands out as the functional advisor that may support humans to appreciate this new method.

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Table 1-9 summarizes the sampled values of the signals and the status of the assertion al4. Note that the real successes can take any number of clock cycles to finish. " Since overlap is allowed in the matching of signal "b" and signal "c," the whole check can finish in one clock cycle. Clock cycle 17 shows such a condition, wherein signal "a" was detected high on clock cycle 17 and both signal "b" and signal "c" were detected high on clock cycle 18. 12 tlk a b t al4 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1112 13 14 15 16 I?

This is called the "eventuality" operator. The checker will keep checking for a match until the end of simulation. This is not a very efficient way of writing SVA since this has a huge impact on the simulation performance. It is best to always have a defined upper value in the timing window. 34 Chapter 1 Property p l 4 checks that on a given positive edge of clock, signal "a" is high. If so, then signal "b" will be high eventually starting from the next clock cycle and after that, signal "c" will be high eventually starting at the same clock cycle in which signal "b" was high.

15 Timing windows in SVA Clieckers So far, the examples shown with delays have a fixed delay greater than 0. In the next few examples, different ways of specifying delays will be discussed. Property pl2 checks whether the boolean expression "a «&& b" is true on any given positive edge of the clock. If it is true, then within 1 to 3 clock cycles, the signal "c" should be high. SVA allows specifying a timing window for the consequent to match. The value specified in the left hand side of the timing window should be less than the value specified in the right hand side of the timing window.

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