Monthly Archive: January 2015

Jan 17

Verification “Hackathon” – Verilog/SystemVerilog/UVM

Verification “Hackathon” – Verilog/SystemVerilog/UVM

Are you a die-hard Verification fan? Are you looking to improve on your UVM skills in a real “bug hunting” event?  VerifLabs,, a new venture from CVC ( is pleased to announce a new session of our popular “Verification Hackathon” – use Verilog/SystemVerilog/UVM.

 As part of the Go2UVM initiative we are making every attempt to assist real engineers do real work to get going with the industry’s most popular, advanced Functional Verification framework – UVM.

When: 23-Jan-2015, Friday,10.00 AM onwards (till evening)

Where: CVC office, Bengaluru  Address:  

Register at:

Cost:  FREE* if no feedback/analysis is requested. 

       Rs. 500 /– if you need feedback and analysis on how you performed (Analysis, detailed code review will be provided by our experts team)

All Attendees will have the option of buying the best selling SVA book at 10% discount, see:   

Hurry, limited seating, first-come-first-serve basis

Register at:


• Introduction

• Problem statement (Specification along with RTL)

• Code-it, “hack-it” – find those “Design errors/bugs” lurking around the “Encrypted RTL”

• Feedback, analysis for paid contestants


• Date: 23-Jan-2015, Friday

• Time: 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM

• Venue: CVC, Bengaluru

• Address:

Register at:



Coming from BTM/Silkboard towards Marathalli.

• Hit Agara circle bus stop

• Take next right turn – that’s 27th Main

Coming from Marathalli.

• Take outer ring road towards Silkboard.

• At Agara junction, turn left to 27th Main

On 27th Main:

• On 27th main there is a petrol bunk on right side. Continue on the same road

• On your left is ICICI Bank

• LIBERTY showroom and then a

• SANGEETHA Mobile outlet

• CVC is in 2nd floor, above Sangeetha outlet

• 1st floor is CLEOS beauty Parlor.

Register at:

Jan 03

Automate UVM registers for free with Questa’s Register Assistant utility

Happy New Year 2015 to all our readers. What a great way to start the new year at CVC than to come out with all guns blazing around UVM? That’s precisely what our TeamCVC has been busy during last few weeks of 2014. We offered several free, high quality UVM training sessions as part of our 10th year celebrations. As the party continues, here is a “pictorial blog” on:

“How to automate UVM register model generation?”

What’s a “pictorial blog”? – a blog entry with more pictures than TEXT 🙂

Since this is a little longer than usual blog (as it is “pictorial”), let’s make it spicy: What does 007 have to do with UVM and YOU?

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Well, read on to find out:

Consider a peripheral IP such as SPI:


A sample Master implementation in RTL is available via  Below is a link to the full specification if desired.

Focusing on the register portion of the spec alone:

Delving into SPI Control Register:



Now, if you want to verify these register implementation including their access restrictions, write-read paths etc. using UVM, that can be a lot of code to write. Good news is we can automate this and that too for FREE* (For Mentor Questa users in this case).

First step would be to create a simple XL sheet with these register definitions as below:



Do you think that’s some work as well? Why not download it for free from here?

Now, what’s next? Well, let’s invoke Questa’s Register Assistant:



Then you have few options to choose the UVM version for instance:



Take a look at the generated UVM code:




Also look closely at the SPI CTRL register generated code:


Wow, that’s lot of automation for a single mouse click:mouse-click

Hold on, that’s not all, Questa does more – it builds the entire reg-model, configures each register as per the specification (ref. CSV file):



And finally it also does the “mapping” of each register:



So we are ready to GO! Let’s write a simple, dummy test as an experiment:



Note: this is part-1 of this “pictorial blog” on this topic:



Let’s take a look at the UVM run results:



So, What’s up?



As a recap – Questa’s Register Assistant is indeed your friendly “MoneyPenny” if you wish 🙂



Use the CSV file format and automate your UVM code on the go!


Have a great 2015 ahead. Do contact us via if you need a hands-on UVM session.

Here are the download links for the SPI IP: