Cadence claims first NVMe 1.4 verification IP for HPC

Believed to be the first verification IP (VIP) in support of the new NVM Express 1.4 (NVMe) protocol, Cadence claims that the IP enables designers to quickly and thoroughly verify storage, data centre and high performance computing (HPC) system-on-chip (SoC) designs with less effort.

It is also claimed to offer a greater assurance that the SoC will meet the protocol standards.

The Cadence VIP for NVMe 1.4 provides comprehensive verification to develop NVMe host and device controllers quickly. It supports built-in integration with the Cadence VIP for PCI Express (PCIe) 5.0 and includes a complete UVM SystemVerilog API for fast integration and SoC-level test creation. It is built with Cadence TripleCheck technology, enabling customers have access to a verification plan with measurable objectives linked to the specification features. There is also a comprehensive test suite with ready-to-run tests support for the specification.

“The new NVMe 1.4 specification is designed to address the growing needs of enterprise systems that utilise PCIe-based solid-state storage,” said Moshik Rubin, Verification IP product management group director, System and Verification Group at Cadence. “Cadence is fully dedicated to supporting the latest standard to ensure customers have the tools they need to create differentiated end products. Our release of the first-to-market VIP for NVMe 1.4 is enabling early adopters of the protocol to reduce risk and ensure their designs comply with the specification while achieving the fastest path to IP and SoC verification closure.”

The Cadence VIP for NVMe 1.4 with TripleCheck technology is part of the Cadence Verification Suite and is optimised for Xcelium Parallel Logic Simulation, along with supported third-party simulators. The Verification Suite is comprised of core engines, verification fabric technologies that support the Cadence Intelligent System Design strategy, enabling SoC design excellence.

Cadence software, hardware and semiconductor IP are used by customers to deliver products to market faster. The company’s Intelligent System Design strategy helps customers develop differentiated products—from chips to boards to intelligent systems—in mobile, consumer, cloud, data centre, automotive, aerospace, IoT, industrial and other market segments.

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