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About nosnhojn

I've been working in ASIC and FPGA development for more than 13 years at various IP and product development companies and now as a consultant with XtremeEDA Corp. In 2008 I took an interest in agile software development. I've found a massive amount of material out there related to agile development, all of it is interesting and most of it is applicable to hardware development in one form or another. So I'm here to find what agile concepts will work for hardware development and to help other developers use them successfully. I've been fortunate to have the chance to speak about agile hardware development at various conferences like Agile2011, Agile2012, Intel Lean/Agile Conference 2013 and SNUG. I also do lunch-n-learn talks for small groups and enjoy talking to anyone with an agile hardware story to tell! You can find me at neil.johnson@agilesoc.com.

SVUnit Also Has a Logo

I figured the new user guide made SVUnit look like a real product. And since real products have a logo, I stayed up late one night and did logo. But if it has a logo, shouldn’t it also have a tagline? I guess, so now … Continue reading

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Agile2015 (Hardware) Conference Countdown

Looked at the calendar today and discovered the Agile conference Washington, DC is less that 3 weeks away. Me and my hardware demo are on the schedule again this year, so that means less than 3 weeks until the new and … Continue reading

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SVUnit Now Has a User Guide

While I find reading EDA user guides hard enough, writing them is way worse, which is why I’ve avoided it for as long as I have. Alas, with usage of SVUnit growing pretty steady and people hinting for better instruction, I … Continue reading

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Building an Agile Hardware Community

A couple comments I’ve heard several times the last few months have lead me to believe that the agile hardware community has reached a critical point: “I was excited to see I’m not the only one experimenting with agile hardware” “Is there a framework/success story we can reference to … Continue reading

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Tudor Timisescu, Welcome to SVUnit

Slacking off? Me?? I guess maybe I have been because someone finally got sick of waiting for me to get to a new SVUnit feature and added it themselves… …and that made me happy. As of 2 about weeks ago, Tudor … Continue reading

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Agile @ DAC – The Aftermath

Pleasantly surprised that I’m able to call DAC a big success for agile hardware. Agile Evolution in the Verification Academy Booth It started monday evening with the Agile Evolution panel in the Mentor Verification Academy booth. We were shooting for a half-hour open discussion where we went through … Continue reading

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An Agile Evolution in SoC Verification @ DAC

Here’s some information about a second agile hardware session at DAC in San Francisco. On June 8th at 5pm, you’ll find me and Harry Foster of Mentor Graphics in the Verification Academy booth talking about An Agile Evolution in SoC Verification. Here’s … Continue reading

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Agile Hardware @ DAC – Part 1

Good news and better news… The good news is that I’ll be part of an agile hardware panel discussion at DAC this year in San Francisco. The discussion happens at 10:30am on June 9th at the Moscone Center and it’s happening thanks … Continue reading

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Goodbye AgileSoC.com… For A While

On Friday I decided I could use a break from the blog so I’m going to step away for a bit. Not exactly sure for how long, but it might be a while. Or maybe not. We’ll see. Meanwhile, you’ll … Continue reading

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The Key To Test-driven Development of RTL

For me, this is a very exciting post because I think I’ve made some pretty important headway regarding TDD for hardware designers. My big side project as of late has been a real pilot dedicated to using TDD to write … Continue reading

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