What do you do when you have to perform risk analysis on a 20 year old circuit design and the information available consists of 30 vintage, undocumented VHDL files? (VHDL is a Hardware Description Language – an HDL).
In my case, a quick email not only provided the solution, it also restored my faith in human nature and the power of generosity and trust in business.
A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to visit Amiq’s offices in Bucharest to stage a communication methodology course for their engineers. This took place in the theater on the top floor of their company building and I was impressed both by this charming location and the solidarity and self-reliance of the team. These are people that know how to solve problems, whether technical (e.g. advanced HDL-based Design & Verification) or logistic – navigating around the many obstacles to business in bureaucratic Romania, for example!
So, returning to my archaeological difficulties, I knew that Amiq’s DVT Eclipse IDE HDL editor worked by understanding a design in order to offer the designer relevant functions and choices. My mail to Amiq asked if it would also be useful for reverse-engineering existing code. Two hours later, I had an evaluation license installed on my machine at AEDVices and, indeed, the tool can produce excellent block diagrams, flow diagrams and schematics with the minimum of fuss. Just throw the files at it, basically.
Above all, the human experience was tremendously refreshing. No “it’s-a-free-evaluation-but-let’s-have-your-credit-card-details-anyway” nonsense. Not so much as a “how-likely-are-you-to-buy-a-lorry-load?”. Just a simple, “here-it-is; hope-you-like-it; call-us-if-you-need-help”.
I warmly recommend Amiq to anyone in the business of creating, verifying or trying to understand a design, for the quality of both the tool and the people that built it.
I am a professional instructor providing training on System Verilog, VHDL and UVM as well as design flows and EDA tools. I find the DVT Eclipse IDE platform an excellent tool for showing language concepts and explaining potential solutions to the lab exercises. I can honestly say that this has become an essential part of my instructors toolkit and I really would not like to go back to plain text editors. Writing testbenches in System Verilog and UVM is much closer to writing software than hardware and DVT Eclipse is an excellent IDE.
In the course of my professional career, I have been both a designer and a verification engineer. In both roles the DVT Eclipse IDE was a constant companion as it helped me to accomplish my tasks in a much shorter time than I would have been able to do so without. I can only commend AMIQ's support, as whenever I faced a problem or requested a feature, they were very responsive and quick to resolve the issue.
I am dealing mostly with UVM-based functional verification and using the DVT Eclipse IDE since 2015. Honestly saying, I can’t imagine myself working without this tool any more.
Once proper setup and integration into project is done, this tool immediately brings endless benefits that help to achieve development goals both faster and easier. Only couple of them I personally use on daily basis are:
- Automated compilation
- Automated refactoring
- Automated hyperlinks (to classes, variables, etc.)
- Automated fill-in proposals
- Thorough project analysis (design / verification hierarchies, file compilation order, etc.)
- Various diagram generations based on the environment
- And many, many more...
All mentioned above tool benefits/features are enabling me to constantly develop and deliver “first-time-right” solutions and products way faster and with significantly less efforts than I was spending prior to start using the DVT Eclipse IDE!
Moreover, non-less important point for me is that from the very first day of tool usage I always received best-in-class support from AMIQ team and in a very short time frame!
I personally want to say the following to all tool developers: Thanks a lot for making such a professional, great, easy-to-use and simply amazing product as the DVT Eclipse IDE and for your outstanding support! Well done!
Working in System Verilog, with UVM, the DVT Eclipse IDE plugin helps a lot. It quickens my time to understand any code, edit and find lint and compilation errors. The refactoring operations significantly help reviewing and maintaining other people's code. All the Eclipse capabilities like integration with ClearCase, together with the great value I get from the DVT Eclipse IDE plugin are a great asset to the team. Also I want to emphasis the quick support AMIQ team supplies whenever we need.
DVT Eclipse is the best IDE that I have used for HDL Design. It has all the major features that I would expect (code formatting, incremental compilation, easy navigation between modules, autocomplete, etc) and has significantly improved my coding efficiency. The tool is well worth the cost of the license, and I have yet to find anything that compares to it. The team at AMIQ is also extremely helpful and responsive to questions that I have about the tool. I would highly recommend this to anyone doing FPGA Design or Verification.
The project compilation and smart coding assist features in the DVT Eclipse IDE shorten design time significantly. The AMIQ RnD is very responsive to bug fixes and new feature requests.
We are using the DVT Eclipse IDE for some time now and it brings us a significant boost to productivity. I can't imagine how one can work without this IDE. In addition to the great features the tool supplies (such as on-the-fly auto completion, error detection, hyperlinks, macro expansions, goto options, etc...), the AMIQ team is giving us a very good support and they deliver new features and fixes really fast.
The DVT Eclipse IDE makes it so much simpler to dive into an existing complicated code. I have encountered some pieces of code that were nearly impossible to understand without it. It saves so much time by finding bugs while you type, not only trivial errors and typos, but also understanding side effects across the entire project when modifying the code. The support team is extremely responsive and helpful, and they promptly add new features upon request.
AMIQ's products for design verification are bringing the development of advanced UVM testbenches to the next level, on par with the most advanced object oriented software projects. The DVT Eclipse IDE and Verissimo SystemVerilog Testbench Linter are now at the center of the verification development workflow and have become instrumental to the success of our verification challenges.