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Sunil Sahoo
Sunil Sahoo
Sunil is Corporate Applications Engineer at Aldec. Sunil provides support for customers exploring simulation tools as an Aldec Applications Engineer. His practical engineering experience includes areas in, Digital Designing, Functional Verification and Wireless Communications. He has worked in wide … More »

Simulate Smarter than a Secret Agent

March 13th, 2014 by Sunil Sahoo

In James Bond movies, Agent 007 has some awesome gadgets but never listens to Q’s instruction on how to use them properly. I’ve often wondered what it would be like if Bond actually did learn about the various features of his tools and how to use them most efficiently.

Sure, that would probably eliminate all of the plot twists that make for a great movie, but when it comes to real life – I don’t care for plot twists. What about you? If you were a secret agent given these tools to keep you out of trouble or even save your life – would you take the time to learn about all of the features?

Now what if it wasn’t a cool, secret agent gadget… but a simulator?

You’re thinking, “A simulator? I know how that works, I use it every day.” But that was what 007 would say, “It’s just a car, I know how that works.”

We all know that a simulator simulates HDL code and delivers time domain based results that can then be analyzed. However an advanced simulator like Riviera-PRO™ offers far more than simply time-domain based Results Analysis. This advanced verification platform offers a Plot feature that enables viewing data in a whole new way. Users can look at the data of one object with respect to its index, or the data of one object with respect to another. Polar, vector, and image plots are available as well.

If you already know about this feature, good for you. If not, you have some catching up to do. See Using Plots for HDL Debugging as a Powerful Alternative to Traditional Waveforms [white paper].

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