Year of Publication

2009

Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

Document Type

Thesis

College

Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Bruce Walcott

Abstract

Verification and debug of integrated circuits for embedded applications has grown in importance as the complexity in function has increased dramatically over time. Various modeling and debugging techniques have been developed to overcome the overwhelming challenge. This thesis attempts to address verification and debug methods by presenting an accurate C model at the bit and algorithm level coupled with an implemented Hardware Description Language (HDL). Key concepts such as common signal and variable naming conventions are incorporated as well as a stepping function within the implemented HDL. Additionally, a common interface between low-level drivers and C models is presented for early firmware development and system debug. Finally, selfchecking verification is discussed for delivering multiple test cases along with testbench portability.

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