VIP for NVMe 1.4 eases path to SoC verification

25th October 2019
Mick Elliott

What is said to be the industry’s first Verification IP (VIP) in support of the new NVM Express 1.4 (NVMe) protocol has been released by Cadence Design Systems. The Cadence VIP for NVMe 1.4 enables designers to quickly and thoroughly verify their storage, data centre and high-performance computing (HPC) system-on-chip (SoC) designs with less effort and a greater assurance that the SoC will meet the protocol standards.

The Cadence VIP for NVMe 1.4 supports the company’s Intelligent System Design strategy, enabling SoC design excellence through best-in-class IP.

It provides customers with a comprehensive verification solution to develop high-quality NVMe host and device controllers quickly, helping reduce overall time to market.

It also supports built-in integration with the Cadence VIP for PCI Express (PCIe) 5.0 and includes a complete UVM SystemVerilog API for fast integration and SoC-level test creation.

Built with Cadence TripleCheck technology, customers have access to a verification plan with measurable objectives linked to the specification features and a comprehensive test suite with ready-to-run tests to ensure support for the specification.

“The design team in our company has successfully used the Cadence VIP for NVMe while developing our products for the flash memory controller,” said Takehiko Tsuchiya, Group Manager, Design Technology Group, Design Technology Innovation Division at KIOXIA. “The NVMe 1.4 VIP is important for the development of the next generation of our products, supporting the need for a high-performance data interface.”

“The new NVMe 1.4 specification is designed to address the growing needs of enterprise systems that utilise PCIe-based solid-state storage,” said Moshik Rubin, Verification IP Product Management Group Director, System and Verification Group at Cadence. “Cadence is fully dedicated to supporting the latest standard to ensure customers have the tools they need to create differentiated end products. Our release of the first-to-market VIP for NVMe 1.4 is enabling early adopters of the protocol to reduce risk and ensure their designs comply with the specification while achieving the fastest path to IP and SoC verification closure.”

The Cadence VIP for NVMe 1.4 with TripleCheck technology is part of the Cadence Verification Suite and is optimised for Xcelium Parallel Logic Simulation, along with supported third-party simulators.

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