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The Last Byte The pecking order in most design teams is

Summary: The Last Byte
The pecking order in most design teams is
clear: Marketing people dream up products,
designers implement them, and verification engi-
neers are stuck trying to get them to work. When
the work is complete, management often credits
designers for product successes and blames ver-
ification engineers for the failures.
Consider, if you dare, a fifth dimension
beyond that known to engineers. The middle
ground between performance and correctness
is the dimension of imagination. It is an area
that we call the design-for-verification zone
(imagine harp music playing now).
For example, marketing ordered engineers
at my company to build an implementation of
the new Rijndael cipher that could run at a
speed of at least 1 Gbps. Those marketing types
obviously haven't studied the Rijndael algo-


Source: Austin, Todd M. - Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan


Collections: Engineering; Computer Technologies and Information Sciences