Mentor Graphics Delivers Must-have Reference for the Open Verification Methodology (OVM)

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 28, 2009 — Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the availability of the latest edition of the Open Verification Methodology (OVM) Cookbook by Mark Glasser, Methodology Architect at Mentor Graphics. The OVM Cookbook is written for researchers and practitioners concerned with functional verification and published by Springer, one of the leading publishers in the fields of science, technology and medicine.

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“Similar in concept to the successful pattern books for programming languages, the OVM Cookbook provides a consistent way to solve verification problems, beyond what naming conventions and a well-designed framework can provide. I have found the OVM Cookbook a valuable resource for myself and also as a way to jumpstart the rest of a team on a new methodology. The book provides excellent insights into the use of the OVM methodology and clarifies the terminology used in modern verification environments.”

The Definitive Resource for OVM Users

The Open Verification Methodology, based on IEEE Std. 1800™-2005 SystemVerilog standard, is the first open, language-interoperable SystemVerilog verification methodology in the industry. It provides a methodology and accompanying library that allows users to create modular, reusable verification environments in which components communicate with each other via standard transaction-level modeling interfaces. It also enables intra- and inter-company reuse through a common methodology and classes for sequential stimulus and block-to-system reuse.

The OVM Cookbook is designed to help both novice and experienced verification engineers master the OVM. It describes basic verification principles, explains the essentials of transaction-level modeling (TLM), and leads readers from a simple connection of a producer and a consumer through complete self-checking testbenches.

The OVM Cookbook takes a practical approach to learning about testbench construction and provides a series of examples, each of which solves a particular verification problem. The examples are thoroughly documented, complete and delivered with build and run scripts that allow you to execute them in a simulator and observe their behavior. All examples and code in the OVM Cookbook have been validated with the Questa® platform.

The OVM Cookbook also presents the examples in a linear progression — from the most basic testbench, with just a pin-level stimulus generator, monitor, and DUT — to fairly sophisticated uses that involve stacked protocols, coverage, and automated testbench control. Each example in the progression introduces new concepts and shows how to implement those concepts in a straightforward manner.

About the OVM Cookbook

The OVM Cookbook is available now from Springer Publishing and at To find out more about the book or to order it online, please visit:

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $800 million and employs approximately 4,425 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

(Mentor Graphics and Questa are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)


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