New PSS training course equips engineers using Cadence Perspec with the skills needed to accelerate SoC verification.
Hardent and Willamette HDL (WHDL) today announced a new Accellera Portable Test and Stimulus Standard (PSS) training course aimed at introducing users to the core concepts and benefits of the new PSS standard. Through the Cadence® Connections® Verification Alliance Program, WHDL has worked closely with Cadence to become certified Perspec™ System Verifier trainers and to design this new PSS course for verification teams. The training course will cover PSS goals, concepts, and syntax, and will showcase how PSS can be leveraged to accelerate the system-on-chip (SoC) verification process.
The PSS standard was released by the Accellera Systems Initiative in June 2018. PSS defines a way to capture the test intent of users for verification of IP, IP subsystems, and SoC designs from simulation to post-silicon. The Perspec System Verifier supports PSS v1.0, enabling users to automate SoC coverage for complex automotive, mobile, and server designs. The tool provides an abstract model-based approach for defining the SoC use cases from the PSS model and uses Unified Modeling Language (UML) activity diagrams to visualize the generated tests.
“It’s critically important that users have access to targeted training materials and a quality training experience to ensure the widespread adoption of PSS,” said Steve Brown, product management director, System & Verification Group at Cadence. “Cadence is investing to enable the portable stimulus ecosystem by supporting WHDL to provide customers with a comprehensive PSS training course. Incorporating the Perspec System Verifier into the course enables users to gain first-hand experience using the tool and learning how it supports the standard while improving design quality and verification productivity.”
“Our goal is to provide a practical, real-world introduction to the PSS standard that will give engineers the confidence and skills to start integrating PSS into their verification flow,” says Mike Baird, verification specialist and trainer at WHDL. The training will introduce engineers to the PSS language structure and provide a complete overview of new PSS use models and techniques. Students can apply their learning through a series of practical lab exercises based on examples provided by Cadence.
PSS training will be available in Q1 2019. For more information on the PSS training, visit Hardent’s website.