CLKMGR DV document


  • DV
    • Verify all CLKMGR IP features by running dynamic simulations with a SV/UVM based testbench.
    • Develop and run all tests based on the testplan below towards closing code and functional coverage on the IP and all of its sub-modules.
  • FPV
    • Verify TileLink device protocol compliance with an SVA based testbench.
    • Verify clock gating assertions.

Current status

Design features

The detailed information on CLKMGR design features is at CLKMGR HWIP technical specification.

Testbench architecture

CLKMGR testbench has been constructed based on the CIP testbench architecture.

Block diagram

Block diagram

Top level testbench

Top level testbench is located at hw/ip/clkmgr/dv/ It instantiates the CLKMGR DUT module hw/top_earlgrey/ip/clkmgr/rtl/autogen/ In addition, it instantiates the following interfaces, connects them to the DUT and sets their handle into uvm_config_db:

The Devmode (pins_if) interface should be connected once the RTL adds support for it.

Common DV utility components

The following utilities provide generic helper tasks and functions to perform activities that are common across the project:

Global types & methods

All common types and methods defined at the package level can be found in clkmgr_env_pkg. Some of them in use are:

  localparam int NUM_PERI = 4;
  localparam int NUM_TRANS = 5;
  localparam int NUM_ALERTS = 2;

  typedef logic [NUM_PERI-1:0] peri_enables_t;
  typedef logic [NUM_TRANS-1:0] hintables_t;

  typedef virtual clkmgr_if clkmgr_vif;
  typedef virtual clk_rst_if clk_rst_vif;
  typedef enum int {PeriDiv4, PeriDiv2, PeriIo, PeriUsb} peri_e;
  typedef enum int {TransAes, TransHmac, TransKmac, TransOtbnIoDiv4, TransOtbnMain} trans_e;


CLKMGR testbench instantiates (already handled in CIP base env) tl_agent which provides the ability to drive and independently monitor random traffic via TL host interface into CLKMGR device.


The CLKMGR RAL model is created with the ralgen FuseSoC generator script automatically when the simulation is at the build stage.

It can be created manually by invoking regtool:

Stimulus strategy

This module is rather simple: the stimulus is just the external pins and the CSR updates. There are a couple stages for synchronization of the CSR updates for clock gating controls, but scanmode is used asynchronously. These go to the clock gating latches. The external pins controlling the external clock selection need no synchronization. The tests randomize the inputs and issue CSR updates affecting the specific functions being tested.

Test sequences

All test sequences reside in hw/ip/clkmgr/dv/env/seq_lib. The clkmgr_base_vseq virtual sequence is extended from cip_base_vseq and serves as a starting point. All test sequences are extended from clkmgr_base_vseq. It provides commonly used handles, variables, functions and tasks that the test sequences can use or call. Some of the most commonly used tasks / functions are as follows:

  • clkmgr_init: Sets the frequencies of the various clocks.
  • control_ip_clocks: Turns on or off the input clocks based on the various clock enable and status ports to and from the pwrmgr IP.

The sequence clkmgr_peri_vseq randomizes the stimuli that drive the four peripheral clocks. These clocks are mutually independent so they are tested in parallel. They depend on the clk_enables CSR, which has a dedicated enable for each peripheral clock, the pwrmgr’s <clk>_ip_clk_en which has a dedicated bit controlling io, main, and usb clocks, and scanmode_i which is used asynchronously and also controls all. The sequence runs a number of iterations, each randomizing all the above.

The sequence clkmgr_trans_vseq randomizes the stimuli that drive the five transactional unit clocks. These are also mutually independent so they are tested in parallel. They depend on the clk_hints CSR, which has a separate bit for each, <clk>_ip_clk_en and scanmode_i as in the peripheral clocks. They also depend on the idle_i input, which also has a separate bit for each unit. Any unit’s idle_i bit is clear when the unit is currently busy, and prevents its clock to be turned off until it becomes idle.

The sequence clkmgr_extclk_vseq randomizes the stimuli that drive the external clock selection. The selection is controlled by software if the extclk_ctrl.sel CSR is prim_mubi_pkg::MuBi4True, provided the lc_hw_debug_en_i input is also set to lc_ctrl_pkg::On. Alternatively, the external clock is selected by the life cycle controller if the lc_ctrl_byp_req_i input is lc_ctrl_pkg::On. When the external clock is selected and scanmode_i is not set to prim_mubi_pkg::MuBi4True, the clock dividers for the clk_io_div2 and clk_io_div4 output clocks are stepped down:

  • If lc_ctrl_byp_req_i is on, or
  • If extclk_ctrl.hi_speed_sel CSR is prim_mubi_pkg::MuBi4True, when the selection is enabled by software.

The sequence clkmgr_frequency_vseq randomly programs the frequency measurement for each clock so its measurement is either okay, slow, or fast. It checks the recoverable alerts trigger as expected when a measurement is not okay.

Functional coverage

To ensure high quality constrained random stimulus, it is necessary to develop a functional coverage model. The following covergroups have been developed to prove that the test intent has been adequately met:

  • Covergroups for inputs to each software gated peripheral clock. These are wrapped in class clkmgr_peri_cg_wrap and instantiated in clkmgr_env_cov.
  • Covergroups for inputs to each transactional gated unit clock. These are wrapped in class clkmgr_trans_cg_wrap and instantiated in clkmgr_env_cov.
  • Covergroups for the outcome of each clock measurement. These are wrapped in class freq_measure_cg_wrap and instantiated in clkmgr_env_cov.
  • Covergroup for the external clock selection logic: extclk_cg in clkmgr_env_cov.

See more detailed description at hw/ip/clkmgr/data/clkmgr_testplan.hjson.

Self-checking strategy

Most of the checking is done using SVA for input to output, or CSR update to output behavior. Some of the CLKMGR outputs are gated clocks, which are controlled by both synchronous logic and asynchronous enables. These asynchronous enables become synchronous because of the SVA semantics. This is fine since the assertions allow some cycles for the expected behavior to occur.


The clkmgr_scoreboard combines CSR updates and signals from the clkmgr vif to instrument some checks and coverage collection. The CSR updates are determined using the TLUL analysis port.

The output clocks can be separated into two groups: peripheral ip clocks and transactional unit clocks. Please refer to the Test sequences section above. The clock gating logic is pretty similar across units in each group. For each peripheral and transactional clock the scoreboard samples their coverage based on clocking blocks instantiated in clkmgr_if.

The external clock control signals with the AST are checked in the scoreboard itself. This involves checking that

  • Transitions in the lc_clk_byp_req input are followed by corresponding transitions in the io_clk_byp_req output.
    • Transitions in the all_clk_byp_req output correspond to the extclk_ctrl CSR and the lc_hw_debug_en input.

The jitter_en_o output is checked to match the jitter_enable CSR.


  • Pwrmgr enable-status assertions: Interface clkmgr_pwrmgr_sva_if contains concurrent SVA that checks that edges of the various ip_clk_en are followed by corresponding edges of their clk_status. The clocks checked are main, io, and usb.
  • Gated clock assertions: Interface clkmgr_gated_clock_sva_if contains concurrent SVA that checks each gated clock is either running or stopped based on their control logic. There is one assertion for each of the four peripheral clock and five hintable clocks.
  • Clock divider assertions: Interface clkmgr_div_sva_if contains concurrent SVA that checks the io_div2 and io_div4 clocks are running at nominal frequency, or are divided by two each in response to the extclk logic.
  • TLUL assertions: binds the tlul_assert assertions to the IP to ensure TileLink interface protocol compliance.
  • Unknown checks on DUT outputs: The RTL has assertions to ensure all outputs are initialized to known values after coming out of reset.

Building and running tests

We are using our in-house developed regression tool for building and running our tests and regressions. Please take a look at the link for detailed information on the usage, capabilities, features and known issues. Here’s how to run a smoke test:

$ $REPO_TOP/util/dvsim/ $REPO_TOP/hw/ip/clkmgr/dv/clkmgr_sim_cfg.hjson -i clkmgr_smoke