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IEEE Publishes Standard Revision for SystemVerilog  Unified Hardware Design, Specification and Verification Language

IEEE 1800™-2017 offered at no cost through the Accellera Systems Initiative (Accellera) sponsored IEEE Get Program.

PISCATAWAY, NJ, 17 April 2018 - IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA), today announced the publishing and availability of the standard revision IEEE 1800 - SystemVerilog - Unified Hardware Design, Specification and Verification Language. The revision to IEEE 1800 addresses feedback from standard users working with complex integrated circuits to address inconsistencies and correct discovered errata. The standard revision is available for download at no cost through the Accellera-sponsored IEEE Get Program.

“The release of this standard revision establishes SystemVerilog as a solid, industry-supported standard that has been verified through many implementations and silicon chip deliveries,” said Karen Pieper, chair, SystemVerilog Language Working Group. “IEEE 1800 has become recognized as a key contributor to the successful delivery of circuitry through established design and verification processes.”

IEEE 1800 includes support for modeling hardware at the behavioral, register transfer level (RTL), and gate-level abstraction levels, and for writing test benches using coverage, assertions, object-oriented programming, and constrained random verification. The standard also provides application programming interfaces (APIs) to foreign programming languages.

“Our ongoing cooperation with the IEEE SA lends itself to open, global standards adoption worldwide, and we fully support keeping users updated with the latest standard revisions at no cost,” said Lu Dai, chair of Accellera. “By sponsoring the continued free delivery and use of key market-driven standards, we remain committed to helping to increase designer productivity and lower the cost of product development.”

Since its inception, the Accellera-sponsored IEEE Get Program has resulted in more than 85,000 downloads, providing no-cost access of electronic design and verification standards to engineers and chip designers worldwide.

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About Accellera Systems Initiative
Accellera Systems Initiative is an independent, not-for profit organization dedicated to create, support, promote and advance system-level design, modeling and verification standards for use by the worldwide electronics industry. The organization accelerates standards development and, as part of its ongoing partnership with the IEEE, its standards are contributed to the IEEE Standards Association for formal standardization and ongoing change control. For more information, please visit Find out more about membership. Follow @accellera on Twitter or to comment, please use #accellera. Accellera Global Sponsors are: Cadence; Mentor, a Siemens Business, and Synopsys.

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