doi: 10.7873/DATE.2015.0121

RTL Property Abstraction for TLM Assertion-Based Verification

Nicola Bombieria, Riccardo Filippozzib, Graziano Pravadellic and Francesco Stefannid

Department of Computer Science, University of Verona, Italy.


Different techniques and commercial tools are at the state of the art to reuse existing RTL IP implementations to generate more abstract (i.e., TLM) IP models for systemlevel design. In contrast, reusing, at TLM, an assertion-based verification (ABV) environment originally developed for an RTL IP is still an open problem. The lack of an effective and efficient solution forces verification engineers to shoulder a time consuming and error-prone manual re-definition, at TLM, of existing assertion libraries. This paper is intended to fill in the gap by presenting a technique to automatically abstract properties defined for RTL IPs with the aim of creating dynamic ABV environments for the corresponding TLM models.

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