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SoC (Silicon) Validation Platform Development

In terms of functional capabilities, computational power, multi-interface support, and performance, the System on Chip (SoC) is getting increasingly complicated. While scaling down the chip form-factor, SoC makers attempt to include as many functions and capabilities as feasible. As chip design complexity develops in line with faster time-to-market needs, the work required for SoC verification and validation increases dramatically.

The most crucial step in chip development is SoC certification, which necessitates more power and greater performance. The features and functions that the chip is supposed to perform must be properly evaluated and confirmed. To achieve market deadlines, SoC validation is carried out under intensive programs.


Phases of Silicon Validation Platform Development

Silicon Validation Platform Development


Pre-Silicon Phase

Interfaces, SoC packaging, end applications, power, clock, and other factors all play a role in SoC validation, ensuring that features and functional capabilities built into the SoC can be validated using the validation platform.


Testing of Validation Platform

The SVP becomes more sophisticated as the SoC becomes more complex. As a result, it’s vital to test the platform to ensure its stability. The platform must be thoroughly tested to confirm its functional accuracy and performance before the real SoC is available, and any problems must be debugged. This helps to prevent failures while testing the real SoC. A validation platform may be put through its paces in a number of ways.


Silicon Bring-up

A test platform that has been thoroughly tested and is completely functioning is perfect for this activity. A generally constructed silicon chip is utilized to execute the program and conduct the process. In this phase, chip functions and intended applications will be confirmed and authenticated. On the platform, all key SoC interfaces are functionally available for verification. The procedure examines the SoC’s performance in detail and checks the corners to ensure that the operational limitations are met. The Test Platform development team checks boot modes and debugs problems.


Post-Silicon Phase

Silicon Validation is a continual process in which any feature failures, flaws discovered, or test platform updates are resolved. The platform developers obtain silicon specimens from the chip development team to back up their conclusions. As appropriate, the Test Platform engineers recreate these situations and address the failure conditions.

The Chip Development team uses a variety of programs to simultaneously evaluate several interfaces, peripherals, and capabilities. To make the initial setup and operation of the system easier, test platform developers supply test suites and needed documentation. The chip manufacturer’s team can go on to the next step of silicon release once the silicon/chip has been completely confirmed in terms of all functional elements.


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