SystemVerilog for
Synthesis & Verification

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If you're like most engineers or project managers, your chip, system or FPGA design schedule is tight. We understand that you don't have time to travel to an off-site SystemVerilog training class at Synopsys, Mentor, or Cadence. And scheduling an on-site SystemVerilog course is just too expensive and time consuming.

The team at HDLguru.com know exactly what you're dealing with, because we're engineers, too. That's why we've come up with a new, innovative way to learn SystemVerilog for synthesis or verification in just 1 day. By leveraging the knowledge of learning experts and tuning our training materials so you can rapidly get the SystemVerilog experience you need, we've created a collection of online course modules that you can access when and where you want.

Here's what you get with our SystemVerilog Courses

  • 1Five (5) highly-tuned online SystemVerilog learning sessions with video and audio tracks, taught by our SystemVerilog Gurus and optimized for quick learning and knowledge retention
  • 2Introductory and advanced quizzes and labs after every module to reinforce your SystemVerilog knowledge with real-world design and verification examples that you can apply to your design today
  • 3Unique course checkpoint feature allowing you save where you're at, track what you've completed, review your lifetime quiz scores, and pick up where you left off
  • 4Downloadable and printable SystemVerilog e-book, Language Reference Manual (LRM) and Quick Reference Card so you can quickly find the key language constructs for specific tasks
  • 5Private access to our online Q&A forum moderated by our SystemVerilog Gurus for quick answers to your design questions

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  • Courses contain just what you need to know, designed by expert SystemVerilog engineers who share their knowledge and secrets from years of designing SoCs, FPGAs and systems.
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Course Outline:
SystemVerilog for Synthesis & Verification

Session 1: SystemVerilog as a Sequential Language

You are introduced to the syntax and structure of SystemVerilog in a familiar single-thread, sequential environment similar to C or PERL.

  • The basic compilation unit: modules. Syntax rules for user-defined identifiers and reserved words. Source file requirements and compiling a SystemVerilog model.
  • The always and initial blocks and sequential statements. The $write statement. Terminating the simulation.
  • Declaring and using registers and memories. Values, operators, and expressions.
  • Control-flow statements.
  • Functions and tasks, and how to call them.

Session 2: SystemVerilog as a Parallel Language

You will learn the features that make SystemVerilog and other hardware description languages different from ordinary general purpose programming languages: time and parallelism.

  • Procedural blocks as the units of parallelism. The @, #, and wait statements. The delayed blocking assignment.
  • Event-driven simulation and the simulation cycle.
  • Race conditions created by the blocking assignment. The non-blocking assignment and the event queue. The transport delay model.
  • The concept of drivers and wires. The continuous assignment. Drive strengths. The inertial delay model. Drivers on wires compared to assignments to registers.

Session 3: SystemVerilog as a Structural Language.

You will learn the SystemVerilog features of structural decomposition that make HDLs uniquely different. With that, you then learn how simulations run, how to configure the SystemVerilog simulatof ro simulation, and manage timescales and parameters.

  • The hierarchical decomposition process. Pins on modules. Connecting and driving pins. Instantiating modules.
  • Parameters. Using parameters to specify instance-specific timing values. Using parameters to specify variable width designs.
  • The timescale directive. The impact of resolution and precision. Predefined time-related tasks and functions.
  • Simulation and configuration management.

Session 4: Introduction to SystemVerilog Assertions & Testbenches

You will learn how functional verification fits into the overall design process as we introduce the concepts of using assertion-based verification, and applying stimulus and observing response in a more sophisticated fashion than using simple synchronous test vectors

  • Functional verification in the overall design process. How does it differ from formal verification or hardware testing? How do you make sure that you verify against the design intent?
  • Traditional Object Oriented (OO) programming -vs- SystemVerilog Classes
  • Class definition & declaration, memvers & methods, handles and object construction; User-defined constructors
  • Class extension & inheritance, how to add methods & properties to extended classes; Overriding class methods
  • Constrained random variables & built-in randomization methods
  • File input and output. How to report and display simulation results. How to write programmable testbenches
  • How to apply stimulus using behavioral constructs. Reporting results in a meaningful way. Desiging your verification architecture so you don't have to look at waveforms
  • How to abstract operations using bus-functional models (BFMs). Embedded output validation in a self-checking bus-functional model
  • Bus-functional models for CPU buses and interfaces (AMBA, AXI, x86). How to model an asynchronous protocol and return data uninterpreted
  • Adding observability inside a model and white-box verification. Hierarchical references
  • Full-timing gate-level simulation with SDF back-annotation

Session 5: SystemVerilog for Design & Synthesis

You will learn the latest techniques for writing efficient SystemVerilog RTL for synthesis of ASICs and FPGAs. You are introduced to the concepts of the new always_type blocks to show design intent, and a number of finite state machine coding styles to give you predictability in design generation. Additional gate optimization techniques for ASIC and FPGA design are taught, with a number of common SystemVerilog implementation styles through example code blocks

  • Functional verification in the overall design and synthesis process. How does it differ from formal verification or hardware testing? How do you make sure that you verify against the design intent?
  • Conveying designer intent of combinatorial and flip-flop logic with always_type blocks: always_comb, always_latch, always_ff; additional design checks
  • Using always @* versus always_comb
  • Void functions and their use to encapsulate design blocks
  • How to properly use full_case and parallel_case, and "gotchas" to watch out for; using unique & priority case, and unique & priority if
  • Finite state machine (FSM) coding goals; Coding methods for binary, one-hot, mealy and moore machines.
  • Differences and nuances between coding for ASIC design and FPGA design
  • Good coding practices Using multiple always blocks; Managing coding and synthesis efficiency
  • FSM enhancements in SystemVerilog and SystemVerilog 2001
  • Managing multi-clock domains and designing FIFOs; handling metastability, and how it affects verification approach

Learn SystemVerilog from our ASIC and FPGA Design Gurus

Our training material was developed by top industry chip and system designers and verification engineers working for leading companies including Texas Instruments, Cisco, ST, Nortel, Huawei, ARM, Synopsys, Cadence, and many more.  We call them 'HDL Gurus' because they not only know what it takes to design and verify multi-million gate SoCs, FPGAs and systems, they are also know exactly what you need to learn to ramp up quickly on SystemVerilog, verification and synthesis.

All of our HDL Gurus have been designing chips and systems for over 15 years and are engineering alumni of Qualis Design, the US company that led the market in design and verification training, consulting, and verification IP, and was purchased by Synopsys in 2003.  They have presented dozens of award-winning conference papers at SNUG, MUG (User2User), CDNLive!, and participated in IEEE and Accellera standards committees for Verilog 2001, SystemVerilog 1800, and VHDL 1076.

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