|[February 25, 2013]
Revised IEEE 1800™ Standard Intended to Improve Efficiency of Electronic-System Design and Verification
PISCATAWAY, N.J. --(Business Wire)--
IEEE (News - Alert), the world's largest professional organization advancing technology
for humanity, today announced that the IEEE Standards Association
(IEEE-SA) Standards Board has approved IEEE 1800™-2012
"SystemVerilog-Unified Hardware Design, Specification and Verification
Language." The revised standard is intended to enhance and improve the
efficiency of electronic-system design and verification.
IEEE 1800-2012 is available immediately at no charge via the IEEE Get
Program, which grants the public free access to view and download
certain current individual standards. To view and download IEEE
1800-2012, please visit http://standards.ieee.org/about/get/index.html#get1800.
IEEE 1800 specifies SystemVerilog, the high-level design language used
in the implementation and verification of electronic systems. The
standard permits the use of a unified language for abstract and detailed
specification of the design, specification of assertions, coverage and
testbench verification based on manual or automatic methodologies.
SystemVerilog offers application programming interfaces (APIs) for
coverage and assertions, and a direct programming interface (DPI) to
access proprietary functionality. SystemVerilog offers methods that
allow designers to continue to use present design languages when
necessary to leverage existing designs and intellectual property.
Ultimately, IEEE 1800 is designed to help engineers reduce costly
mistakes and improve time to market for in-demand products. In crafting
IEEE 1800-2012, the third revision since the standard's original
publication in 2005, the members of the IEEE 1800 SystemVerilog Language
Working Group collaborated to further refine the standard and gain
consensus to make the necessary revisions.
"I would like to thank the global team of dedicated members who worked
diligently to complete the standard," said Karen Pieper, chair of the
IEEE 1800 SystemVerilog Language Working Group. "It is through their
efforts and combined brain power, spirit of collaboration and tireless
hard work that we complete this major revision. This revison shows a
continued momentum for the standard as the go-to language to efficiently
verify the ever-increasing complex IC and systems designs required by
The revised version of IEEE 1800, developed under the IEEE Computer
Society's Design Automation Standards Committee (DASC), encompasses more
than 30 enhancements, notably the removal of the restriction to
non-blocking assignments to class properties and the addition of
multiple class interface inheritance. In addition, constraints can now
be specified as "soft," and typed new constructors can be used,
facilitating fewer lines of self-documenting code.
"IEEE 1800 is intended to support productivity gains among design and
verification engineers, and using this standard as a benchmark and the
foundation for innovation will help industry deliver to consumers
products that will surpass the capabilities of today's solutions," said
Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director, IEEE-SA. "The spirit of
collaboration behind IEEE 1800 and the free availability of the revised
standard embody the concepts behind 'OpenStand,'
a modern paradigm for global, open standards that the IEEE-SA supports
as a model for improving the way that people around the world embrace
and use technologies."
For more information about the IEEE 1800 SystemVerilog Language Working
Group, please visit http://standards.ieee.org/develop/wg/1800_WG.html.
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