Novas and Denali Debut Verification and Debugging for PCI Express

3/3/2004 - Novas Software, Inc., the leader in debug systems for complex chip designs, and Denali Software Inc., the leading provider of electronic design automation (EDA) software for chip interface verification, unveiled the first transaction-level verification and debugging environment for PCI Express design verification.

Chip designers who use Denali's PureSpecTM verification intellectual property (IP) and Novas' VerdiTM Behavior-Based Debug or Debussy® Debug System have an integrated means of viewing and analyzing PCI Express transactions and accelerating the process for verifying PCI Express chip interfaces. This integrated solution is available now to selected customers from Novas and Denali.

The first public demonstration of this integration will be shown at this year's Design & Verification Conference (DVCon) & Exhibition in the Denali Booth Number 302 and the Novas Booth Number 401. The conference will be held today through Wednesday, March 3, at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose.

Says Dave Kelf, Novas' vice president of marketing: "The integration of Denali's PureSpec with our transaction-level debug capabilities is a huge win for chip designers. This is a very powerful solution that enables designers to view and analyze PCI Express traffic at the packet-level, a much more effective level of abstraction for debugging these complex interfaces."

Denali's PureSpec is the most widely used verification IP solution for verifying compliance and interoperability of PCI Express designs. It models all devices in the PCI Express topology, and all protocol layers in the specification. PureSpec contains thousands of assertions monitored during simulation to ensure compliance with the PCI Express specification. The unique product architecture provides robust model configurability and portability to ensure interoperability with other vendor-specific PCI Express implementations.

"The combination of PureSpec with Novas debug systems offers the most sophisticated solution for verifying and debugging complex PCI Express designs," concludes Kevin Silver, Denali's vice president of marketing. "Our mission is to provide the most robust, high-quality verification IP in the industry. Working with Novas to enable transaction-level debugging is consistent with this goal, and gives designers a tremendous advantage in functional verification for PCI Express-based designs."

About Denali Software, Inc.
Denali Software Inc. is the world’s leading provider of EDA tools and Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) solutions for chip interface design, integration, and verification. More than 400 companies worldwide use Denali’s tools, technology, and services to design and verify complex chip interfaces for communication, consumer, and computer products. For more information, please visit Denali at or contact Denali directly at: 650-461-7200, or email:

About Novas
Novas is the pioneer of debug systems that reduce functional verification costs for complex integrated circuit and system-on-chip designs. Its market-leading Verdi(TM) and Debussy(R) Debug Systems, along with the Reusner(TM) Design Knowledge Publisher, go far beyond waveforms to help engineers understand and analyze complex or unfamiliar design behavior and share knowledge across global organizations. They cut by half or more the time it takes to locate, isolate and solve the root causes of design and verification problems. Novas is ranked first in customer satisfaction for the second consecutive year in a comprehensive EDA study published by CMP. There are more than 12,000 Novas systems installed worldwide by over 400 companies and 35 EDA companies utilizing Novas technology in their products today. Novas is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. with offices in Europe, Japan and Asia-Pacific. For more information, visit or email

Debussy is a registered trademark and Verdi is a trademark of Novas Software, Inc. Denali, The Denali logo, Databahn, eMemory, MMAV, and PureSpec are trademarks of Denali Software, Inc. PCI Express is a trademark of PCI-SIG.

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