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Typically, analog designers verify their AMS IP in schematic driven, interactive environment, while SoC designers use a UVM SystemVerilog testbench ran from a command line. In our last MS blog, we talked about automation for reusing SystemVerilog testbench by analog designers in order to verify AMS IP in exactly same context as in its SoC integration, hence reducing surprises and unnecessary iterations.
But, what about other direction: selecting proper AMS IP views for SoC Verification? Manually export netlist from Virtuoso and then manually assemble together all of the files for use with in command line driven flow? Often, there are multiple views for the same instance (RNM, analog behavioral model, transistor netlist). Which one to pick? Who is supposed to update configuration files? We often work concurrently and update the AMS IP views frequently. Obviously, manually selecting correct and most up-to-date AMS IP views for SoC Verification is tedious and error prone. Thanks to Cadence Innovation, there is a better way!
Cadence has developed a Command-Line IP Selector (CLIPS) product as part of the Virtuoso® environment, which:
For more details, please see CLIPS Rapid Adoption Kit at Cadence Online Support page