editor's blog
Subscribe Now

Third-Generation Debugger

SpringSoft just announced the next major version of their popular Verdi debug tool. Calling it Verdi3, they say they’ve done some major upgrades in three areas: the way users work with the tool; the way the tool can interact with other tools; and the engines under the hood.

The first of those three is “simply” a productivity and ease-of-use issue. They redid the GUI, with a couple effects. The first is that what used to be individual windows that you had to click back and forth between are now tiles that fit in a single unifying window so that it feels more like a single tool. Second, you can customize and personalize what tiles go where according to what you’re doing on your project. And when you shut the tool down, it will come back just as you set it – no having to reconstruct the workspace each time.

The interaction with other tools comes via their VIA interchange capability, which we looked at before. While data access was already available, you can now integrate third-party tool windows directly into the cockpit. This is also what enabled the integration with Synopsys’s Protocol Analyzer, announced along with Synopsys’s Discovery VIP launch.

Under the hood, they’ve made three improvements. The first is an improved parser that handles the full Verilog 2009 syntax and leaves behind some of the limitations of the prior parser and improves the incremental save capability. The second is a new version of the FSDB format, FSDB 5.0 that provides a 30% smaller file than the previous version. Finally, they’ve multi-threaded the FSDB reader to improve the “Get Signals” time by 45%.

More information is available in their release.

Leave a Reply

featured blogs
Dec 14, 2018
Yesterday I wrote a sort of overview of the Cadence Automotive Summit that took place in November, in the post Automotive Summit: The Road to an Autonomous Future . Today, the focus in on a key part... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community si...
Dec 13, 2018
In November, we continued our mobile updates to the website, released a couple of new content experiences, and made placing sample requests even easier. Read more below on these and the rest of the major updates to Samtec.com for November 2018. Continued Improvements to our M...
Dec 10, 2018
With Apple'€™s '€œWearable'€ category of sales setting a new record this September with growth over 50%, and FitBit seeing growth in both trackers......
Nov 14, 2018
  People of a certain age, who mindfully lived through the early microcomputer revolution during the first half of the 1970s, know about Bill Godbout. He was that guy who sent out crudely photocopied parts catalogs for all kinds of electronic components, sold from a Quon...