A quick skimming of this book might lead you to think that this is just another book about assertion-based verification. Or perhaps you might think this is a book about assertion patterns that will provide a knowledge base of property set examples for many common design components. But this book is really about process, specifically, a systematic process for creating reusable assertion-based verification components, which we refer to as assertion-based IP. Assertion-based IP is one form of verification components often lumped under the broader term verification intellectual property (VIP). The unique characteristic of assertion-based IP is that it is a reusable property set that takes advantage of assertion and coverage directives and easily integrates with other verification components within a verification environment. Reuse is achieved across multiple design implementations and multiple verification processes. The general relationship of assertion-based IP to VIP will be discussed in Chapter 2, “Definitions and Terminology.”
KeywordsIntellectual Property Formal Verification Coverage Directive Property Specification Language Assertion Specification
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