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Source III’s newest release is now available. Version 10.5 has several new features, improvements upon old features, and a few bug fixes to ensure that your needs are met. You will find updates to all of our bundled products in this release, including: VTRAN 10.5 VUI 10.5 DFTView 10.5 VCAP 10.5 VGEN 10.5 The complete list of updates can be found on our individual release notes, but some of our most notable include: VTRAN: Advantest SmarTest8 target files now support WFC_Mode combined with XMODE, as well as an Xmode pad file Enhancements to signal group handling for Advantest SmarTest 7 (93000) and SmarTest8 targets. Multiple enhancements to the Advantest SmarTest8 writer. CREATE_STATISTICS operation now includes scan vector data in transition and compare counts. Significant performance improvements handling large comment blocks. Base clock is now configurable in the Palladium-targeted Verilog TestBench target format. DFTView Now supports a time offset when comparing…

VTRAN Version 10.4.2 Release Update

Monday, 30 October 2017 22:07
Source III has recently released VTRAN/VUI version 10.4.2, in an effort to continue to offer new and useful updates for all of our VTRAN users. This release offers several new tools and fixes to help you with your translation efforts. These updates include: WFC_MODE support was added to the Advantest HP93000 Reader. HP93000 avc/dvc files that contain waveform character-based timing formats can now maintain that timing when they are read using the -WFC_MODE flag. The EXPLICIT_BIDIR_INACTIVE_MODE command has been added to the VTRAN OVF_BLOCK. This command causes the VTRAN VCD/EVCD, WGL, and STIL readers to use the '-', state character, to represent the inactive state on bidirectional signals. VTRAN COMMENT_BUS and COMMENT_BUSX commands now ignore non-printable characters (ASCII values < 0x20 or > 0x7E) contained in simulation comments encoded in bus state values. The SmarTest8 Writer module has a new default for signal groups and timing groups. An option has…

QA: STIL Timing Information to 93K

Monday, 26 June 2017 19:02
Source III offers award winning support for our clients, available to answer any queries and problems that you may have. Sometime we receive questions that have answers that we think may be relevant to both customers and non-customers alike. Below is a question about importing timing information from a STIL file to Advantest 93000. Question: We need to get timing information from the .stil file to import to timing information in 93k program. I tried using the –USE_PHYSICAL_WAVEFORMS and GENERATE_X1_TIMING switch’s to get usable information out of VTRAN in the X.dvc file. Also we are using WFC_MODE, but we did not get what we expected, please help. Answer: The first step is to turn off WFC-Mode in VTRAN. VTRAN cannot generate physical waveforms when WFC mode is active. In non-WFC, or "traditional" mode, STIL waveforms are returned as classic formats like RZ, RO, NRZ etc. with corresponding vector states. These…
Source III’s support department is always available to answer any questions you may have. When we feel that we’ve received a question that is useful to a wider audience, we like to turn it into a helpful blog post. A few weeks ago, we received a question about equation based timing format commands. Our answer is below. Question We were working on equation-based timing format/flow, and we added these commands.            -BASIC_TIMING_FORMULAS_B,          -USE_TIMING_PARAMS, I am getting this Warning, but my output seems to be OK. Warning: -USE_TIMING_PARAMS parameter is not supported for this timing format. Parameter will be ignored. Any idea why? Answer The -USE_TIMING_PARAMS is an optional parameter that allows for a user specified name to be output in the timing file in place of the constant value that would normally be seen. An example of how that would work is if you were translating a vcd or…