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A common Sequence specification serves as a powerful tool for stimulus generation used by multiple teams involved in verification, firmware and post-silicon validation stages. But most SoC teams lack a unified flow for creating sequences – each team has to manually write sequences in their formats, thus wasting time and resources.

ISequenceSpec™ enables users to describe the configuration, programming and test sequences of a device and automatically generate sequences that are ready to use during early verification stages, firmware development and post-silicon validation. From a single sequence specification, you can generate UVM sequences for verification, C code for firmware and device driver development, SystemVerilog sequences for validation, and various outputs including CSV for Automatic Test Equipment.

Language Features and Properties
Sequences can be specified using a rich language and command feature set that includes loops, branch, wait, calls, switch, and macros. Several properties can also be defined for customizing the generated outputs. These properties can be created by using explicit property name-value pair or using the curly bracket syntax in the description.

Sequence Syntax Checker
A number of semantic problems can occur during the development of a sequence. ISequenceSpec is equipped with a smart syntax and semantic checker for validating the format and syntax within the specification. The entire specification is validated and a report containing a complete list of all problems opens in a window for viewing with cross-navigation to the row containing the problem. The checks carried out by the validation process include:

  • Register Validation – guides you to the row containing the register problem.
  • Syntax Validation – Sequence step validation is performed, which checks the existence

Key Features

  • Automate the generation of code for device initialization and other important device sequences
  • Simple, natural, portable sequence format for multiple IP/cores and SoC
  • Capture sequences at a higher level in-sync with register specification
  • Use register descriptions in standard formats like IP-XACT, SystemRDL, RALF or leverage on IDesignSpec™ integrated flow to use register data
  • Easy to use
  • Sequence constructs include loops, if-else, wait, arguments, constant, in-line functions etc.
  • Capability to compile, flatten and unroll the sequences

  • System Verilog UVM sequences for verification
  • Verilog for validation
  • Variety of formats for various Automatic Test Equipment
  • Documentation in HTML and other formats

Key Benefits

Improves semiconductor design sequence, accuracy and test validity
A single specification format ensures synchronization between various stages
Quickly run the verification and firmware tests in the lab
Quickly run the post silicon failure test cases in the simulation environment
Saves time by automatically generating the test sequences
Keeps each design team member aligned with the updated sequences as the project progresses with the updated functionality
Availability
ISequenceSpec is available as s a plug-in for popular editors that are commonly used to document registers such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and OpenOffice/LibreOffice Cal on Windows and Linux platforms. It is also available as a Batch tool to run on the command line in a ‘Make’ based flow.

Licensing options for ISequenceSpec include the following:

  •   Floating LAN/WAN
  •   Site License

Story behind ISequenceSpec

The idea of ISequenceSpec first came to one of our cherished customers who challenged us to “do for sequences what we did for registers”. We were all too happy to oblige since our R&D team had been thinking about going beyond registers for quite some time. All we needed was a guiding hand.In creating ISequenceSpec, we used the lessons learnt from years of enhancing IDesignSpec.For example, the fact that users love to have an interactive tool and a batch tool. Users love to get errors reported right in the editor itself. Make the tool natural to use so that not much training is required, and so on.

And this gave rise to our very own ISequenceSpec.We hope new users will like it and help us improve it.