Co-verification of Hardware and Software for ARM SoC Design

Co-verification of Hardware and Software for ARM SoC Design

by Jason Andrews
     
 

Hardware/software co-verification is how to make sure that embedded system software works correctly with the hardware, and that the hardware has been properly designed to run the software successfully -before large sums are spent on prototypes or manufacturing.

This is the first book to apply this verification technique to the rapidly growing field of embedded

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Overview

Hardware/software co-verification is how to make sure that embedded system software works correctly with the hardware, and that the hardware has been properly designed to run the software successfully -before large sums are spent on prototypes or manufacturing.

This is the first book to apply this verification technique to the rapidly growing field of embedded systems-on-a-chip(SoC). As traditional embedded system design evolves into single-chip design, embedded engineers must be armed with the necessary information to make educated decisions about which tools and methodology to deploy. SoC verification requires a mix of expertise from the disciplines of microprocessor and computer architecture, logic design and simulation, and C and Assembly language embedded software. Until now, the relevant information on how it all fits together has not been available. Andrews, a recognized expert, provides in-depth information about how co-verification really works, how to be successful using it, and pitfalls to avoid. He illustrates these concepts using concrete examples with the ARM core - a technology that has the dominant market share in embedded system product design. The companion CD-ROM contains all source code used in the design examples, a searchable e-book version, and useful design tools.

• The only book on verification for systems-on-a-chip (SoC) on the market

• Will save engineers and their companies time and money by showing them how to speed up the testing process, while still avoiding costly mistakes

• Design examples use the ARM core, the dominant technology in SoC, and all the source code is included on the accompanying CD-Rom, so engineers can easily use it in their own designs

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750677301
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Embedded Technology Series
Edition description:
BK&CD-ROM
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Embedded System Verification
2. Hardware and Software Design Process: System initialization software and hardware abstraction layer (HAL), Hardware diagnostic test suite, Real-time operating system (RTOS), RTOS device drivers, Application software, C simulation, Logic simulation, Simulation acceleration, Emulation, Prototype;
3. SoC Verification Topics for the ARM Architecture;
4. Hardware/Software Co-Verification: Host-code execution - implicit access, ISS + BIM, CCM, RTL, Hardware model,Emulation board, FPGA Prototype;
5. Advanced Hardware/Software Co-Verification: Direct access to simulation memories without advancing simulation time, Memory and time optimizations - understanding synchronization, Cross network connections versus using a single workstation, C modeling for some of the hardware, Implicit Access,Post-processing techniques for software debugging, Synchronized software and hardware views for debugging, Post-processing software trace, Save/restore, How to deal with peripherals, How to deal with an RTOS;
6. Hardware Verification Environment and
Co-Verification: Testbench, The use of testbench tools, Random test generation based on CPU address map, CPU bus protocol checking, Functional/ Transaction coverage, Memory coverage, Property checking - did a specific scenario ever happen? Use of a design signoff model;
7. Methodology for an Example ARM SoC.

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