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Adnan Hamid, CEO of Breker
Adnan Hamid, CEO of Breker
Adnan Hamid is the founder CEO of Breker and the inventor of its core technology. Under his leadership, Breker has come to be a market leader in functional verification technologies for complex systems-on-chips (SoCs), and Portable Stimulus in particular. The Breker expertise in the automation of … More »

Rewriting Revolutionary History

 
June 9th, 2017 by Adnan Hamid, CEO of Breker

The semiconductor design industry has always preferred evolution over revolution. There have been a few successful revolutions but most of the time revolution happens over time through evolutionary steps. Read the rest of Rewriting Revolutionary History

Total Value Of A Standard

 
May 22nd, 2017 by Adnan Hamid, CEO of Breker

The creation of the Portable Stimulus standard has raised a number of issues about the tradeoffs between using an industry standard language and a domain-specific language. Several blogs have tried to make the case for one or the other and often use scare tactics to make one look better than the other. That is not the objective of this blog. Instead, it’s meant to provide some information as to why the inclusion of the C++ variant is a good thing for the industry. Read the rest of Total Value Of A Standard

Portable Stimulus – The First Verification Model

 
April 4th, 2017 by Adnan Hamid, CEO of Breker

When people think about design languages, they may not realize that the language is almost irrelevant. The language supports the underlying semantic model and it is this model that is important. EDA has defined design models at the gate level, the register transfer level (RTL) and various forms of behavioral levels. When we talk about RTL, we think about Verilog and VHDL, but they are only the languages that support that model, or very minor variations of it. But what about verification? Read the rest of Portable Stimulus – The First Verification Model

Users Talk Back on Portable Stimulus

 
March 17th, 2017 by Adnan Hamid, CEO of Breker

At the recent DVCon, I had the pleasure to moderate a panel that enabled users to talk about their experiences working with the Accellera standard’s body during the creation of the Portable Stimulus standard. I would like to thank Accellera for enabling such a panel and to Nanette Collins for organizing the panel and making sure that I had the easiest role in the ensuing discussion. I am sure that full write-ups of the panel will emerge, but I wanted to make the voice of the users heard. Read the rest of Users Talk Back on Portable Stimulus

Portable Stimulus Takes Center Stage At DVCon 2017

 
February 23rd, 2017 by Maheen Hamid, co-founder at Breker Verification Systems, Inc

When DVCon opens next week, attendees will hear plenty of talk about Portable Stimulus, a methodology and technology that’s grabbing industry attention and gaining momentum with the design verification community. In fact, I predict it will be the buzz of the conference this year.

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Constrain Me, Please

 
December 8th, 2016 by Adnan Hamid, CEO of Breker

In the movies, when a person acts irrationally they are usually declared to be mad and quickly placed in a straitjacket for the protection of themselves and those around them. If we continue those thoughts into the world of verification, SystemVerilog must be declared to be a mad language. Read the rest of Constrain Me, Please

EDA Hates C++. Wait, What – Back Up!

 
November 4th, 2016 by Adnan Hamid, CEO of Breker

Why is Accellera supporting the use of an industry standard language in the development of the Portable Stimulus Standard? Read the rest of EDA Hates C++. Wait, What – Back Up!

The Genesis of Portable Stimulus

 
October 25th, 2016 by Maheen Hamid, co-founder at Breker Verification Systems, Inc

When I first met Adnan Hamid, Breker’s CEO, his philosophical understanding of verification and its implications for electronics was as crystal clear then as it is now. He sees it as the enabler for greater innovation in chips and beyond, and takes it as his life’s mission. His passion was inspiring to me and I did not hesitate for a second when we decided to jointly start Breker. Throughout our journey, I have watched the market converge with what we are building at Breker, and have come to better appreciate my partner, the visionary man. Read the rest of The Genesis of Portable Stimulus

The Next Wave in Verification

 
September 29th, 2016 by Adnan Hamid, CEO of Breker

There is an important standard being worked on within Accellera and given its name, you might think that this is another incremental standard on a somewhat tired theme. It is called Portable Stimulus and yet it has almost nothing to do with stimulus and that stimulus, once generated by a tool not defined in the standard, is most certainly not portable. It is a fundamentally new approach to verification that could transform how chips and low-level software are verified. We will get back to the name in a moment, but the important thing is that users become informed about this new language and choose to have their voices heard in the standardization effort.

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User Victory in Portable Stimulus

 
September 8th, 2016 by Adnan Hamid, CEO of Breker

As regular readers know, the Portable Stimulus Working Group (PSWG) of the Accellera System Initiative has been working for some time to develop a new way to define verification intent once and to be able to reuse that across all stages of the verification flow and to be able to reuse it across designs. This will dramatically increase verification efficiency and establish verification methodologies that are likely to be used for the next couple of decades. Read the rest of User Victory in Portable Stimulus

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