Introduction

IDS-NG is an Integrated Development System for automating Spec to SoC flow allowing Design, Verification, Validation, Firmware, and Documentation. It provides users the flexibility and facility to customize it as per their requirements 

IDS provides the functionalities to include third-party applications as plugins for custom generators, custom DRCs with their enable/disable through GUI, input processing (table format), etc. Users can extend the IDS input format and their requirements to support the user-defined templates and tables. Also, users can plugin their own generator in the IDS to generate their specific outputs.

Once the register specification is captured. Designers work on creating a synthesizable application logic layer for the intended functionality using these addressable hardware registers. Creating this application logic layer often consists of using various design constructs. There is a need to create an automation technique to overcome the manual work of creating Application Logic with the help of the Complete-IP solution.

  •  The creation of a Synthesizable RTL Application logic layer and a UVM Prediction model through some predefined templates.
  • These templates capture all the necessary information required to build up an application logic. These includes:
    • Finite State Machines 
    • Custom flip flops
    • Continuous Assignments
  • The Complete IP templates come under an additional plugin that needs to be installed on IDS-NG.

Ways to Use plugin Environment in IDS-NG

In order to use the plugin feature in IDS-NG users must run IDS-NG as administrators and have a JSON file with defined specs. Then clicking on the Tools menu and clicking on the Plugin option, a new pop-up window opens. Clicking the “Add Plugins” button, a new window opens, choose the JSON input file and select that file. It will be required to restart IDS-NG for changes to be applied and custom template buttons will be added to the Custom Toolbar row. Each button has different functionalities for inserting templates.

Conclusion

IDS-NG will allow users to plug in their own generator in the IDS-NG to generate their specific output. Users can create their own environment as well as particular specifications and outputs.  Features like adding a plugin or opening/updating a plugin are available through which a new toolbar row can be added with a button named based on the data provided by the users. 

Gitanjali Singh

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