Verivue acknowledged that it is using Synopsys design tools for its chip designs.

Verivue recently debuted an interesting hybrid of Ethernet switch and storage server aimed at cable operators and other video distributors (story here), designed to enable them to quickly distribute video appropriately sized for any end device. Arris is reselling the system.

Verivue and Synopsys emphasized the use of the latter’s VMM verification methodology and VCS functional verification solution for the verification of the former’s MDX 9000 Series Media Distribution Switch.

The point is that the process used to design the chips in the MDX 9000 should add to the assurance that this new sub-class of network systems will work as advertised. 

Referring to the MDX 9000 system, Robert Ryan, vice president of hardware development at Verivue, said: “It's an extremely complex product with a large amount of functionality built into the hardware. However, VMM enabled us to quickly build testbenches to verify functional blocks, FPGAs and board netlists. VMM allowed us to create suites of pseudo-random, self-checking tests for each testbench and, as we developed the system, run regression tests to verify that it functioned as designed.”

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