• DV
    • Verify all SYSRST_CTRL 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

Current status

Design features

For detailed information on SYSRST_CTRL design features, please see the SYSRST_CTRL HWIP technical specification.

Testbench architecture

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

Block diagram

Block diagram

Top level testbench

The top level testbench is located at hw/ip/sysrst_ctrl/dv/ It instantiates the SYSRST_CTRL DUT module hw/ip/sysrst_ctrl/rtl/ In addition, it instantiates the following interfaces, connects them to the DUT and sets their handle into uvm_config_db:

Common DV utility components

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

Compile-time configurations

[list compile time configurations, if any and what are they used for]

Global types & methods

All common types and methods defined at the package level can be found in sysrst_ctrl_env_pkg.


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


SYSRST_CTRL testbench instantiates (already handled in CIP base env) alert_agents: [list alert names]. The alert_agents provide the ability to drive and independently monitor alert handshakes via alert interfaces in SYSRST_CTRL device.


The SYSRST_CTRL 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

Test sequences

The test sequences reside in hw/ip/sysrst_ctrl/dv/env/seq_lib. All test sequences are extended from sysrst_ctrl_base_vseq, which is extended from cip_base_vseq and serves as a starting point. It provides commonly used handles, variables, functions and tasks that the test sequences can simple use / call.

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:

  • sysrst_ctrl_combo_detect_action_cg: This covergroup will cover all the combo detect actions for combo detect register set 0-3.
  • sysrst_ctrl_combo_detect_det_cg: This covergroup will cover the combo detect debounce timer value.
  • sysrst_ctrl_combo_precondition_det_cg: This covergroup will cover the combo precondition debounce timer value.
  • sysrst_ctrl_auto_block_debounce_ctl_cg: This will cover the auto block enable/disable feature, debounce timer value.
  • sysrst_ctrl_combo_intr_status_cg: This covergroup will capture the combo detect interrupt status.
  • sysrst_ctrl_key_intr_status_cg: This covergroup will capture the edge detect status for all the inputs.
  • sysrst_ctrl_ulp_status_cg: This covergroup will cover the ultra low power status.
  • sysrst_ctrl_wkup_status_cg: This will capture the wakeup status event after the low power event is triggered.
  • sysrst_ctrl_pin_in_value_cg: This covergroup will cover the raw input values of all the input pins.
  • sysrst_ctrl_auto_blk_out_ctl_cg: This covergroup will cover the input selected for auto block and the output value status for the selected input pin.
  • pin_cfg_cg: This is the generic covergroup to cover the override and allowed values for the selected input and output values. An array of this covergroup is created for all the input pins.
  • debounce_timer_cg: This is the generic covergroup to cover the debounce timer values for the below register. key_intr_debounce_ctl ulp_ac_debounce_ctl ulp_pwrb_debounce_ctl ulp_lid_debounce_ctl ec_rst_ctl
  • sysrst_ctrl_key_invert_ctl_cg: This covergroup will cover which input/output pins are allowed to invert their values.The invert values are crossed with the input/output values.

Self-checking strategy


The sysrst_ctrl_scoreboard is primarily used for end to end checking.


  • TLUL assertions: The sva/ file 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.
  • Assertions in
  • CheckFlashWrProtRst: Checks flash_wp_l output pin is asserted active low which it is in reset.
  • CheckEcPwrOnRst: Checks ec_rst_l_o is asserted active low when it is in 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/sysrst_ctrl/dv/sysrst_ctrl_sim_cfg.hjson -i sysrst_ctrl_smoke