Sharp cuts verification time using Cadence tools

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) reported that Sharp has deployed Cadence Incisive Specman Elite Testbench to develop a combined proximity and ambient light sensor for smartphones, tablets and digital single-lens reflex cameras.

By utilizing Incisive Specman Elite Testbench, Sharp reduced its hardware verification time by 50 percent, which enabled the company to meet its product target dates with higher quality.

Sharp utilized the metric-driven verification methodology with Incisive Specman Elite Testbench for automatic job management and result analysis, which helped reduce human errors and man-hours of the verification management tasks. The constrained random capability of the Incisive Specman Elite Testbench enabled Sharp to find difficult corner-case bugs easily in their register-transfer level (RTL) in one day, which would have taken 10 days under prior methods of directed tests. In addition, Sharp improved the overall productivity of its verification team by building a Universal Verification Methodology for Specman e (UVM-e) environment for reusability, which reduced the time for testbench creation by 70 percent and saved a month of engineering time.

Cadence enables global electronic design innovation in the creation of integrated circuits and electronics. Its website is at cadence.com.

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