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SystemVerilog for Verification: A Guide to Learning the Testbench Language Features Hardcover – June 5, 2008

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New! Expanded! Updated! Based on the bestselling first edition this extensively revised second edition includes the relevant changes that apply to the 2008 version of the SystemVerilog Language Reference Manual (LRM). Significant changes include: The revision of nearly every explanation and code sample The inclusion of new chapters: "A Complete SystemVerilog Testbench" with a complete constrained random testbench for an ATM switch and "Interfacing with C" on the DPI (Directed Programming Interface) The addition of 70 new examples including larger ones such as a directed testbench at the end of chapter four An expanded index with 50% more entries and cross references "As digital integrated circuits relentlessly march towards a billion transistors and beyond, Verilog testbenches are running out of steam. With logic verification taking more effort than design, moving to a higher level of abstraction is the only choice. SystemVerilog appears to be the winner in the high-level verification language market and "SystemVerilog for Verification" is the book that will take working professionals and students alike from basic Verilog to the sophisticated structures needed to verify large and complex designs." Ronald W. Mehler, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, California State University Northridge "It can be difficult to improve upon a great book, but Chris has achieved that goal - the second edition of this book is even better than the first! The explanations of abstract verification constructs are more detailed, and many more comprehensive examples make it easier to see how to apply SystemVerilog in object-oriented verification. The new chapter on the SystemVerilog Direct Programming Interface (DPI) is a very valuable addition. This second edition is a must-have book for every engineer involved in Verilog and SystemVerilog design and verification. The book serves well both as a general SystemVerilog reference and for learning object-oriented verification techniques. This book is such an invaluable reference, that my company includes a copy as part of the student training materials with every SystemVerilog verification course we teach!" Stuart Sutherland, SystemVerilog Training Consultant, Sutherland HDL, Inc. Chris Spear is a Verification Consultant for Synopsys, and has advised companies around the world on testbench methodology. He has trained hundreds of engineers on SystemVerilog’s verification constructs. Testbenches are growing more complex. You need this book to keep up. Includes nearly 500 code samples and 70 figures.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd edition (June 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387765298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387765297
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Li on December 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent systemVerilog introduction book, if you are experienced verilog user want to learn systemVerilog, this book is the right one for you. Highly recommend to anyone who want to utilize systemVerilog features to enhance their current verification environment.
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I have only read a few chapters in this book, and it is well written, easy to understand and gives a good examples. If you are new to implementing OOP in HDL or are looking for methodologies and good practices to start writing SV test benches than this is a good read for you. I would not recommend however to the absolute new user of SV, this book tends not to spend much time on the "little things". It breezes by the data types section and hardly mentions anything of properties, sequences, and assertions to name a few, which I have found are pretty useful in SV test benches. I recommend this book for a user looking for methodology, OOP, and practical test bench reference, and not for someone looking for a "complete" reference of SV.
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I purchased this book since I had to implement a new verification environment from scratch. I read the entire book, and I was off building a verification environment with SV.

There are few details which are not discussed in the book, for instance how to import classes into other classes(from a package), and how you should compile the entire project (again from a package).

Overall, if you don't know SV, and OOP, this is an excellent book to start with.
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This book is written for entry level verification engineers. If you are an experienced professional with experience in Vera or e, then you are better off viewing testbenches on the internet (for free). That said, by comparison, this book may be better than much of the overpriced engineering crap in print today.
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