Electronic Design

Accellera Rolls New Version of Analog, Mixed-Signal Standard

Accellera’s Board of Directors and Technical Committee members have approved a new version of its Verilog-Analog Mixed-Signal (AMS) standard, Verilog-AMS 2.3, as an Accellera standard for analog and mixed-signal design and simulation. The new Verilog-AMS standard unifies the Verilog-AMS 2.2 specification with the IEEE Std. 1364-2005 or Verilog hardware description language (HDL) standard.

Verilog-AMS 2.3 enables users to develop standard and tightly integrated Verilog-AMS modules and allows EDA software tool developers to implement EDA tools without ambiguities in the language interpretation. The standard encompasses analog and mixed-signal extensions to IEEE Std. 1364, which is widely used today for digital circuit design and verification. The previous Accellera Verilog-AMS standard, Verilog-AMS 2.2, was approved in 2005.

Apart from IEEE-1364 integration, Verilog-AMS 2.3 introduces new analog and mixed-signal features to support and enable improved top-down AMS design and verification methodologies. These include enhancements to table_model, support for multiple analog blocks, and resolution of language conflicts with the SystemVerilog IEEE Std. P1800, such as, changing the digital domain name to 'discrete' from 'logic' as logic is a keyword in SystemVerilog, and making the usage of array literals consistent.

The next phase of Accellera’s AMS technical activities will include integration of the AMS standard with the SystemVerilog language, IEEE Std. P1800, and extensions to the AMS language for mixed-signal assertions and behavioral modeling support.


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