Mentor Graphics* AXI Verification IP Suite

The Mentor Graphics* AXI Verification IP Suite (Intel FPGA Edition) provides bus functional models (BFMs) to simulate the behavior and to facilitate the verification of intellectual property (IP) that conforms to the Advanced Microcontroller Bus Architecture Advanced eXtensible Interface (AMBA* AXI*) Protocol, with restrictions to simplify the application programing interface (API) for you.

The Mentor Graphics AXI Verification IP Suite (Intel FPGA Edition) contains the following BFMs:

  • Mentor Graphics AXI3 BFM (Intel FPGA Edition) with Master, Slave, and Inline Monitor interfaces
  • Mentor Graphics AXI4 BFM (Intel FPGA Edition) with Master, Slave, and Inline Monitor interfaces
  • AXI4-Lite with Master, Slave, and Inline Monitor BFMs
  • AXI4-Stream with Master, Slave, and Inline Monitor BFMs

Features

  • Provides Verilog task-based API
  • Works in Mentor Graphics, Cadence, and Synopsys* simulators
  • Accelerates the verification process by providing key components of the verification testbench
  • Provides BFM components that implement the AMBA AXI protocol, serving as a reference for the protocol
  • Delivers a full suite of configurable assertion checking within each BFM
  • Provides full licenses at no additional cost as part of the IP Base Suite if you subscribe to the Intel Quartus® Prime Standard Edition software.
  • Allows you to purchase licenses to the Mentor Graphics Verification IP Suite or as part of the IP Base Suite if more than one seat is required or if you are using the Quartus Prime Lite Edition software.

Implementation

All of the Mentor Graphics AXI Verification IP Suite (Intel FPGA Edition) master, slave, and inline monitor BFM components are implemented in SystemVerilog. Also included are wrapper components so that the BFMs can be used in VHDL verification environments with simulators that support mix-language simulation.

Application Programming Interface

The Mentor Graphics AXI Verification IP Suite (Intel FPGA Edition) provides you with a set of APIs for each BFM that you can use to construct, instantiate, control, and query signals in all BFM components. Your test programs must use only these public access methods and events to communicate with each BFM.

The test program drives the stimulus to the design under test (DUTs) and determines whether the DUTs' behavior is correct by analyzing the responses. The BFMs translate the test program stimuli, which creates the signaling for the AMBA AXI protocol. The BFMs also check for protocol compliance by triggering an assertion when a protocol error is observed.

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