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Database for design of integrated circuit device and method for designing integrated circuit device

Patent Number: 6,845,489

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Abstract
A database for design of an integrated circuit device having data stored therein in a flexibly utilizable state, and a method for designing an integrated circuit device using such a database. A virtual core database (VCDB) for storing design data and a VCDB management system (VCDBMS) as a control system are provided. The VCDB includes virtual core (VC) clusters, test vector clusters, and purpose-specific function testing models. The VCDB also includes a system testing database having shared test clusters and peripheral model clusters. The VCDBMS includes a function testing assist section for generating test scenarios, the purpose-specific function testing models, system testing models, and the like, a VC interface synthesis section, and the like.
Patent Number: 6,845,489
Issue Date: 2005-01-18

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