Boost Valley Announces its first FPGA proven IP -
HDMI-CEC 2.0 Controller IP
D&R — Cairo, Egypt –– September, 2016 ––
Boost Valley announces its first step into the IP market introducing its first FPGA proven IP – HDMI-CEC 2.0 Controller.
The Consumer Electronics Control (HDMI-CEC) is a 500 Mb/s bi-directional serial bus designed to control multiple HDMI devices with a single remote-control. It allows users to control up to 15 devices connected through HDMI from a single node; for example: controlling Blu-ray players using TV remote control or having the TV automatically turned on upon disc insertion into the DVD player.
The HDMI port is widely used in media devices and almost all HDTV manufacturers support HDMI-CEC link with different trade names (e.g Samsung Anynet+, LG SimpLink, and Sony BRAVIA Link).
Realizing the gap within the current market where no ‘stand-alone’ CEC controller IPs exist, Boost Valley decided to bridge this gap by introducing its standalone FPGA proven CEC IP; serving all HDMI IP vendors wishing to integrate a ready-made CEC solution to their existing HDMI IPs. It also serves system integrators need to integrate a ready CEC solution to their FPGA based systems.
Our CEC-Controller IP comes along with a CEC-UART bridge IP providing the ability to control the CEC IP using a simple UART interface. A software solution is included in our package acting as a CEC client to control/test CEC devices from a PC/Laptop.
Boost Valley’s CEC IP Overview
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Boost Valley Announces V-by-One HS Verification IP
D&R — Cairo, Egypt –– June, 2016 ––
Boost Valley has announced the release of the 1st version of its V-by-One HS Verification IP. V-by-One®HS is an electrical digital signaling standard that was developed by Thine Electronics Inc. to support higher frame rates and higher resolutions required by advancing flat panel display (FPD) technologies, while reducing costs and time to market. V-by-One HS has been widely adopted in various markets such as projectors, automotive infotainment systems, multifunction printers, medical devices, robotics and amusement equipment. V-by-One HS, by its SerDes and CDR (Clock recovery) technology, achieves the high speed of 4 Gbit/s, decreasing the number of cable and connectors, hence reducing Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) as well as the total cost for cables/connectors. V-by-One HS supports multi-lane transmission in order to increase the transmission speed.
Boost Valley offers V-by-One HS Verification IP as part of its InspiringVIPproduct line.
The introduced V-by-One HS VIP is Emulator-Friendly, which allows customers to speed up verification process using an emulator. Boost Valley addresses customers’ need for an easy reusable VIP with highly configurable test sequences to cover all features and operation modes specified in V-by-One HS standard. Among its supported features is the injection and detection of all types of errors, a full list of protocol checkers and a complete coverage model for the events and features defined by the standard. The VIP is efficiently coded in pure SystemVerilog. We promise our customers a complete flexible solution that reduces the time needed to build their test-benches as well as the time needed to run and debug their designs.
Our mission is to maximize our customers’ benefits by reducing their time to market as well as reducing the total engineering cost.
V-by-One HS VIP Product includes:
Boost Valley Announces the 1st version of MIPI C-PHY VIP
D&R — Cairo, Egypt –– December, 2016 ––
Boost Valley has announced the release of the 1st version of its MIPI C-PHY Verification IP. The C-PHY is a part of MIPI portfolio of PHYs, it reduces the interface signaling rate to enable a wide range of high-performance and cost-optimized applications, such as very low-cost, low-resolution image sensors; sensors offering up to 60 megapixels; and even 4K display panels.
MIPI C-PHY uses 3-phase symbol encoding of about 2.28 bits per symbol to transmit data symbols on 3-wire lanes, or “trios,” with embedded clocking, facilitating longer trace reach and maximizing camera port configurations on mobile platforms. MIPI CSI-2 v1.3 with C-PHY provides performance gains, increased bandwidth delivery of 22.7 Gbps over four lanes at 2.5 Gsps (Giga-symbols per second) for realizing higher resolution, better color depth, and higher frame rates on image sensors while providing pin compatibility with MIPI D-PHY.
Boost Valley offers the C-PHY Verification IP as part of its InspiringVIPproduct line. Boost Valley addressed customers’ need for an easy reusable VIP with highly configurable test sequences to cover all complex and interactive scenarios for both PHY and PPI interfaces. Among its supported features is the injection and detection of all types of errors, protocol and timing checkers as well as the provision of a coverage model for the PHY. The underlying architecture is very efficiently coded in pure SystemVerilog. We promise our customers with a complete flexible solution that reduces the time needed to build their testbenches as well as the time needed to run and debug their designs. Our mission is to maximize our customers’ benefits by reducing their time to market as well as reducing the total engineering cost.
Currently C-PHY Verification IP is undergoing active evaluations from a number of early adopters.
The C-PHY VIP Product includes:
Boost Valley offers a family of interface protocol VIPs, including I2C, SPI, I2S and SPDIF as well as Multimedia interface protocols VIPs such as HDMI 2.0. The family is growing soon to include more multimedia interfaces and more Bus/PHYs protocols.
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Boost Valley Named OneSpin Solutions Spinnaker Certified Service Partner
EDA Cafe — SAN JOSE, CALIF. –– November 10, 2015 ––
Close Collaboration Focused around combining simulation based and Formal Verification
OneSpin Solutions™, provider of innovative formal solutions targeting a broad range of challenging verification problems, announced today that Boost Valley®, a pioneer of intelligent verification intellectual property (IP) and verification services, has joined the Spinnaker Certified Service Partners Program.
The Spinnaker Program, which offers a broad range of service expertise to meet a variety of verification needs, now includes a broader collaboration option known as Intelligent Verification IP (IVIP). Boost Valley as an inaugural member.
As a member of IVIP, Boost Valley has been trained and certified to offer services using either the 360 DV™ Product Families. It can use OneSpin’s formal verification solutions in customer engagements with the full support of OneSpin’s technical staff. As part of these engagements, the companies are cooperating on advanced Verification IP solutions.
“For a relatively new verification IP and service provider, Boost Valley has already acquired an outstanding reputation within semiconductor and electronic systems companies.” says Dr. Raik Brinkmann, OneSpin Solutions’ president and chief executive officer (CEO). “We’re delighted to welcome Boost Valley into our Spinnaker Certified Service Partners Program, as well as work with them on innovative VIP solutions.”
“Combining intelligent verification techniques using UVM and encapsulated VIP with formal-based solutions has significant potential for streamlining the development process as a whole.” adds Sahar Selim, CEO and managing director of Boost Valley. “OneSpin Solutions has proven itself in the formal verification world and we are very excited about the innovative verification solutions that could result from this partnership.”
About OneSpin Solutions
Electronic design automation (EDA) supplier OneSpin Solutions award-winning formal verification technology is based on more than 300 engineering years of development and application service experience. OneSpin’s comprehensive product line simplifies designer verification, increases intensive block verification coverage, eliminates design refinement problems, and provides automated solutions for many complex verification problems. Leading telecommunications, automotive, consumer electronics and embedded systems companies rely on OneSpin to achieve the highest possible verification quality while reducing their time-to-market pressures. Its United States headquarters is located in San Jose, Calif. Corporate headquarters is in Munich, Germany. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.onespin-solutions.com. Follow OneSpin on Twitter @OneSpinSolution
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Boost Valley at DVCon Europe 2015
DVCon Europe is a technical conference in Europe targeting the application of standardized languages, tools, and methodologies for the design and verification of electronic systems and integrated circuits. Hosted by Accellera Systems Initiative, the format of DVCon Europe is similar to the successful DVCon United States conference held for over 20 years in the Silicon Valley.
At DVCon 2015, Boost Valley will be:
EETimes Europe — September 10, 2015 - Peter Clarke -- IP hot spot forms in Egypt.
The formation of a set of semiconductor companies in and around Cairo, Egypt, provides hints that a possible clustering effect may be taking place there.
“I have spotted four companies of various ages operating in and around Cairo. It's probably too soon to call it the Cairo Cluster or Silicon Sphinx but the region has clearly produced some exceptional individuals that are set to drive positive feedback in the universities and in startup mentoring.”
The third company, a verification IP and services provider, is Boost Valley LLC (Cairo, Egypt). Founded in 2012, the company provides digital design and verification specialized firm focused on developing and delivering verification for both standard semiconductor IP blocks and customer-specific requirements. It has about 10 employees and has teamed up with Cast Inc. (Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey), a provider of IP aggregation and services.
In the past countries in the continents of South America, Africa and Australasia have struggled to generate electronics businesses with what might be called "escape velocity" and the students that have studied electronics at universities in the these countries have often had to relocate to such places to the United States and Europe to work in the sector. But in an increasingly globalized industry the opportunity to develop business close to where an engineer was born and or educated is becoming a option as illustrated by this Cairo cluster.
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EETimes Europe — September 15, 2015 - Peter Clarke -- Egypt's semiconductor cluster stronger than reported.
The semiconductor cluster in Egypt runs to more than half-a-dozen startups that are operating as fabless chips companies, as IP licensors and design teams for hire, in the domains of analog, mixed-signal, RF and power.
Scott Smyser, executive vice president of worldwide marketing and business development at Si-Ware Systems Ltd. (Cairo, Egypt) pointed out that we'd only mentioned a few of the companies present in Egypt in a recent article IP hot spot forms in Egypt.
The trend pointed out by the article was correct, Smyser said, but in an email he lists several recent startups that are based in Egypt and a couple of overseas companies with operations in Egypt.
These are on top of Si-Ware Systems and Boost Valley mentioned in the previous article.
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CAST and Boost Valley Partner for Better Verification of IP Cores
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, and Cairo, Egypt — September 10, 2015— Reusable intellectual property (IP) has proven essential for electronic system design. Verifying the correctness of IP cores and their proper working in a system, however, remains a significant challenge. Now one of the oldest and most experienced IP providers—CAST, Inc.—has joined forces with one of the newest and most forward-thinking verification IP developers—Boost Valley, LLC—to work together on developing and delivering class-leading IP verification solutions.
In the new partnership, CAST will share IP products and expertise to help Boost Valley develop and improve their verification IP solutions, and will in turn market and sell Boost Valley’s VIP alongside the corresponding IP cores available from CAST. The team has focused first on the Inter-IC (I2C) Bus standard, and verification IP for it is available now through CAST.
“Our custom verification services and our standard VIP products have already seen significant success, and we’re looking to expand the breadth and reach of our solutions,” said Randa Hashem, Business Development manager of Boost Valley. “We feel great alignment with CAST—clearly a leader in IP products and customer satisfaction—and are looking forward to working with them.”
Verification IP (VIP) reduces the time system developers need for testing functional correctness and standards compliance while also improving their results. VIP products combine functional models, coverage blocks, test cases, and more to simplify the set up and use of a complete verification environment for a specific function, protocol, or standard. Since functional verification of today’s complex systems can take as much as 70% of overall development time, efficiency improvements here have a significant impact on reducing product time to market.
The Boost Valley VIP in particular helps make bus interface IP like the I2C extremely reusable because of an innovative modular approach the company developed in its research lab.
“Helping system developers conquer the huge challenge of IP verification is a next step in our 20-year drive to make IP re-usability painless, cost-effective, and low-risk,” said Nikos Zervas, chief operating officer of CAST. “We’re excited to provide this I2C verification solution from Boost Valley today, and look forward to satisfying CAST customers with many more joint IP/VIP combinations in the future.”
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Boost Valley Announces HDMI 2.0 Verification IP
Cairo, Egypt - 3, September 2015 - Today, Boost Valley has announced the release of the 1st version of its HDMI 2.0 Verification IP.
HDMI is an audio/video transmission protocol used in modern consumer electronics, personal computers, and mobile products.
With the constant increase in the amount of bandwidth required by new media, including higher video resolutions, 3D support, and multi-channel/multi-stream audio, a more robust standard has become a must. Multi-layered protocols such as HDMI and Displayport have emerged to meet the ever-growing list of requirements for high speed transmission media. HDMI 2.0 is the most recent version of the HDMI Standard Protocol, targeting next generation displays.
Our HDMI 2.0 VIP addresses the challenges of the audio/video protocol verification, including high resolution video frames and the massive amount of runtime required for these test cases. Among the supported features in our VIP is the ability to test different pixel encoding schemes, color formats, and audio formats. It was carefully engineered by industry experts that understand the challenges our customers are facing. The underlying architecture is very efficiently coded in pure SystemVerilog. We promise our customers a complete flexible solution that reduces the time needed to build their testbenches as well as the time needed to run and debug their designs. Our mission is to maximize our customers’ benefits by reducing their time to market as well as reducing the total engineering cost.
The VIP includes:
Boost Valley offers a family of interface protocol VIPs, including I2C, I2S and SPDIF. The family is growing soon to include SPI, UART, MIPI CPHY and DPHY VIPs.
Please check Design & Reuse HDMI 2.0 Verification IP Launch Press Release
Boost Valley in DAC'2015
At DAC 2015, Boost Valley will be presenting the work-in-progress poster developed by our engineering team , titled “An Efficient Verification Framework for Audio/Video Interfaces of State of the Art Entertainment Products”, which proposes a unified framework for building robust, configurable, extendible verification environments suitable for different audio/video interface protocols. It suggests customizable testing mechanisms that can be used to test different profiles. The proposed framework is based on Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) yet can easily fit into other verification methodologies such as Verification Methodology Manual (VMM). The paper shows how the proposed framework is used to ease the development of HDMI transmitter and receiver Verification Intellectual Properties (VIPs), alongside with the testing mechanisms applied to verify the corresponding HDMI transmitter/receiver Design Under Tests (DUTs), highlighting the amount of reuse between the two Verification IPs.
Boost Valley is paving its way through verification giants, with calculated and steady steps, differentiating its products by extra features facilitating debugging of IPs. "Our solutions guarantee re-usability as they are built on a modular approach we take pride in having developed in our research labs" said Randa Hashem, Business Development manager of Boost Valley. “In Boost Valley, we look where others don't and this is what makes us different. With our customized verification platforms approach, verification time for digital design is guaranteed to be shrunk” said Sahar Selim, CEO and Managing Director of Boost Valley.
Boost Valley Team in ISCAS'2015
Boost Valley team members presented two research papers.
The First Paper
The first paper titled, “New Polynomial Basis Versatile Multiplier over GF(2^m) for Low Power on-Chip Crypto-systems”, discusses a new multiplier architecture for multiplying Galois Field (GF(2^m)) field elements. The proposed architecture has very low power and energy consumption, suitable for RFID and wireless sensor networks. It is also versatile, enabling the use of any implementation of the proposed architecture to multiply elements of any GF (2^m).
The Second Paper
The second paper, titled “2T2M Memristor Based Memory Cell for Higher Stability RRAM Modules”, introduces a novel 2T2M memristor based memory cell which, offers higher stability and noise margins than previous works. The proposed 2T2M RRAM module is similar to conventional 6T SRAM module in terms of delay and number of interface pins. However, the predicted area of the proposed 2T2M RRAM cell is significantly lower compared to the CMOS based 6T SRAM cell, and is also expected to consume lower energy. The nonvolatile characteristics of the cell make it more attractive for nonvolatile random access memory design.
Boost Valley at DVCon Europe 2014
DVCon Europe is a new technical conference in Europe targeting the application of standardized languages, tools, and methodologies for the design and verification of electronic systems and integrated circuits.
At DVCon, Boost Valley will be:
About Boost Valley
Boost Valley is an engineering consulting company providing clients with digital design and verification services including its own portfolio of Verification IPs. Having a core team of senior engineers with a cumulative experience of over 100 years in electronic design automation and IC design in multinational companies, Boost Valley differentiates itself as a knowledge-based professional organization with strong emphasis on human capital supported by advanced information technology.
Boost Valley services are provided on-site, offshore, in a mixed mode or on a contractual basis.