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UCSC Engineering Students Check Out Hardware Verification Tools with Eve

Students at the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) will be learning about hardware-based verification technology with a donation of hardware and software from Eve. The vendor develops products designed to shorten the overall verification cycle of complex integrated circuits and electronic systems designs.

The school has received three Hammer 100 hardware accelerators and related software, which will be used by students who are studying computer architecture and chip multiprocessor design.

Hardware acceleration enables rapid virtual prototyping of designs to facilitate high-speed functional verification before a design is manufactured. Eve's Hammer was used to verify Sun's OpenSPARC T1 processor with CoolThreads technology. The open source version of this processor design, along with its verification environment, is freely available through Sun's OpenSPARC program.

"This generous donation from Eve and Sun will have a long-lasting benefit for the electronics industry, as we properly train the next-generation verification engineer," said Jose Renau, a professor at Baskin. "We're especially excited to be the first university to have access to this technology and expect that it will help us achieve our goals." Renau and his students are designing a SPARC out-of-order processor and intend to use Hammer to accelerate the verification and validation of the system.

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