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Conference Paper Title Date
FPGAs: Establishing a 'Fit for Purpose' Design Flow VHDL Testbench Techniques that Leapfrog SystemVerilog
Verification can consume a good portion of a design cycle.   What we need is a methodology that facilitates thorough testing and timely completion.   Attempting to achieve this, other verification methodologies (such as SystemVerilog's UVM) have gone in a direction that requires OO techniques and a specialist in verification.   This presentation, on the other hand, provides an overview of a VHDL methodology that is simple, powerful, and readable by both design and verification engineers.   In addition, it supports all important testbench features: TLM (transaction level modeling), constrained random, functional coverage, intelligent testbenches, OSVVM, reuse, interfaces, scoreboards, concurrency and synchronization, and memory models.

Slides:   VHDL Testbench Techniques that Leapfrog SystemVerilog

To learn more, attend our Advanced VHDL Testbenches and Verification - OSVVM Boot Camp class.

Also see our blog posts at SynthWorks OSVVM Blog and OSVVM Community and Forums.
September 11, 2013
Webinar with Aldec VHDL Intelligent Coverage Using Open Source VHDL Verification Methodology (OSVVM)
The Open Source VHDL Verification Methodology (OSVVM) provides a concise, powerful approach to advanced VHDL testbenches. OSVVM's "Intelligent Coverage™" is a intelligent testbench methodology that randomly selects holes in the functional coverage model and uses these for stimulus generation.

This presentation shows the basics of adding functional coverage, Intelligent Coverage, and constrained random methods to your current testbench. In addition, it shows how Intelligent Coverage is 2X less work, 5X or more faster in simulation, and more capable than a constrained random approach using either SystemVerilog/UVM or 'e'.

Slides      Audio recording on Aldec's site

For more, see SynthWorks OSVVM Blog and OSVVM Community and Forums.

To learn more, attend our Advanced VHDL Testbenches and Verification - OSVVM Boot Camp class. OSVVM is based on methodology and packages we developed for the class. In this class, we provide a super set of the OSVVM packages that facilitate transaction level modeling (tlm), self-checking, scoreboards, memory modeling, synchronization methods, functional coverage, and randomization. Our modeling approach is accessible by both verification and RTL designers.

July 18, 2013
MAPLD 2013 VHDL's OSVVM, the Death of SystemVerilog?
A shorter version of the July webinar.

April 2013
MAPLD 2013 VHDL-2008, The End of Verbosity!
VHDL-2008 removed verbosity from VHDL. This presentation contrasts the verbose syntax with the "new VHDL" given to us by VHDL-2008.

April 2013
Numerous IEEE-1076 2008 aka VHDL-200X.
Approved by IEEE REVCOM in September 2008

The IEEE VASG started this work as the VHDL-200x project in early 2003. Good technical progress was made, however, there was no funding to do the language editing. Accellera’s VHDL Technical Subcommittee took over the work in fall of 2005, funded the technical editing, did super-human work to finalize it, and in July 2006 standardized Accellera revision 3.0. This is viewed as a trail standard. After a number of vendors worked on their implementations and provided feedback, a final revision was created and passed back to VASG for IEEE standardization.

VHDL 2008, Update 2012:     Slides

If you are interested on older papers on VHDL-2008 and/or Accellera 3.0, the links are near the bottom of this page
DATE 2007 What's Next in VHDL     Slides April 2007
DATE 2007 Fixed and Floating Point Packages     Slides April 2007
DVCon 2004 "IEEE 1076.6-2004: VHDL Synthesis Coding Styles for the Future"
1076.6 seeks to gain portability of VHDL RTL coding styles by standardizing coding styles that compliant EDA vendors are required to implement. It also specifies coding styles that compliant IP/model developers must use to achieve portability.

This paper presents effective coding styles that have resulted from the 1076.6-2004 effort. This effort brings you multiple edge register coding styles (to match today's FPGAs), more effective/ efficient register coding styles (concurrent code, subprograms, and expanded usage of wait), ROM and RAM coding styles, and additional attributes to control the intent of coding styles.
Slides     Paper
March 2-3, 2004
MAPLD 2003 "VHDL Math Tricks of the Trade"
A mini-tutorial on VHDL types (esp. unsigned and signed), packages, strong typing rules, conversions, ambiguous expressions, and math tricks.
September 9-11, 2003
DesignCon 2003 "Accelerating Verification Through Pre-Use of System-Level Testbench Components"
Presents a methodology for "pre-using" system-level testbench components and shows an implementation of the corresponding system-level, transaction-based testbench.
Paper     Slides
January 28, 2003
MAPLD 2002 "Coding a 40 x 40 Multipler"
Explores coding styles for coding a pipelined multiplier.
Paper     Slides-Color     Slides-B&W
September 2002
HDLCON 2002 "Extensions to the VHDL RTL Synthesis Standard"
VHDL RTL Coding styles were first standardized in 1999.  This paper gives insight into the future direction of the standard.  Co-authored paper with Vinaya Singh of Cadence. Paper
March 2002

Archive Of VHDL-2008 Papers

Conference Title Date
DASC, October 2008 Meeting "Accellera VHDL 2006 Standard 3.0"     Slides October, 2008
DATE 2007 "Accellera VHDL 2006 Standard 3.0"     Slides April, 2007
MARLUG 2006 "Accellera VHDL 2006 Standard 3.0"     Slides Color       Slides B&W
October, 2006
MARLUG 2006 "Fixed and Floating Point Packages"     Slides Color       Slides B&W October, 2006
DesignCon East 2005 "VHDL-200X: The Future of VHDL"     Slides September 2005
MAPLD 2005 "VHDL-200X: The Future of VHDL"     Slides September 2005
MAPLD 2005 "Fixed and Floating Point Packages"
A mini-tutorial on VHDL Fixed and Floating Point Math Packages.
Slides Color       Slides B&W
September, 2005
Mentor User2User 2005 "VHDL-200X: The Future of VHDL"     Slides   Paper April 2005
DVCon 2005 "VHDL-200X: The Future of VHDL"     Slides   Paper February 2005
MARLUG 2004 "VHDL-200X & The Future of VHDL"     Slides October 2004
DesignCon 2004 "VHDL-200X & The Future of VHDL"     Slides   Paper February 2004
MAPLD 2003 "VHDL-200X & The Future of VHDL"     Slides September 2003
DVCon 2003 "Enhancements to VHDL's Packages"
Gives updates on upcomming changes to packages Numeric_Std (IEEE 1076.3) and Std_Logic_1164 (IEEE 1164).
Paper     Slides
February 25, 2003

Published Tutorials (not available for download)

Conference Tutorial Title Date
DVCon 2004 and
DesignCon 2004
"VHDL Transaction Based Verification" March 2004
February 2004
FDL 2001 "VHDL Coding Styles for Hardware Design" September 2001
HDLCON 2001 VHDL Coding Styles for Hardware Design March 2001
IHDL 1999 Hardware Verification with VHDL March 1999

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