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Date: 21-05-13

Aldec launches lifecycle management solution for FPGA and ASIC designs

Aldec has launched of Spec-TRACER, a new requirements lifecycle management solution for use in safety-critical industries in which rigorous certification standards exist; such as DO-254 for avionics, ISO 26262 for automotive, IEC 61508/61511 for industrial and IEC 61513 for nuclear.

“Spec-TRACER is exactly what the avionics industry needs to help satisfy the traceability objectives of DO-254,” said Louie De Luna, Aldec DO-254 Program Manager, “Ensuring that traceability exists throughout the entire development lifecycle is crucial to proving that the product has been designed and tested through a requirements-based process, from top-level design requirements to HDL source code, and from verification test cases to the testbench and through to the simulation results.”

Spec-TRACER helps organizations manage, control and track requirements efficiently throughout the entire FPGA/ASIC development lifecycle to help keep the project on track and within budget. It does this by streamlining and automating the requirements engineering process such as capture, traceability, requirements versions tracking, results management and reporting.

Features within the launch version of Spec-TRACER (2013.05) include: specification import (from MS Word, MS Excel and DOORS), change impact analysis, requirements coverage analysis; pre- and user-defined traceability reports, and multi-user access (which in team-based environments allows project stakeholders to collaborate and communicate more efficiently). In addition, traceability links between requirements, test plans and HDL source code are established easily and multi-directional traceability reports are generated automatically.

Availability: Spec-TRACER 2013.05 is designed specifically for FPGA and ASIC designs, and is available now for use with commercially-available Windows-based design and simulation tools. For more information, white paper and evaluation download, visit www.aldec.com/products/spec-tracer.

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