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In today's ASIC world, we have gate count increasing every day, thus the challenge to verify them. In the past the verification was done with languages which were meant for designing. Like the Hardware description language (HDL's) Verilog does not provide the capability to verify complex designs. Thus there was limitation on how best you could verify the design. To fill this gap, Hardware Verification Languages (HVL's) like "e", "VERA", "TestBuilder C++" were developed.

   

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Specman is basically the tool/compiler/debugger to work with E language. E language is used for basically describe testbench, which has the capability to generate random test vectors, ability to interface with HDL's, provides means to do functional coverage, scoreboards.

   

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I started using Specman in year 2000, it was rather painful to learn, but as time passed it became clear that in long run, hardware Verification Languages (HVL's) like E and VERA are going to dominate the pre-silicon validation. Here in next few pages, I will share what I have learnt all these years with Specman and how the typical testbench with HVL's looks like.

   

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If you want to know how fast you can pick up E language. Well if you know C++ or any other Object Oriented Language then E language, then it should not take more than one week.

   

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As usual, I would like to hear from you if you have a suggestion or you see any problem in approach or mistakes in my examples

   

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Deepak Kumar Tala - All rights reserved

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