Patent Number: 6,311,309

Title: Methods and apparatus for simulating a portion of a circuit design

Abstract: A method for simulating a portion of a circuit design is described. The circuit design includes a plurality of design files each corresponding to one of a plurality of design entities in the circuit design. A subset of the design entities is selected. The subset of the design entities corresponds to the portion of the circuit design to be simulated. In response to selection of the subset of the design entities, a netlist is generated under software control directly from the design files associated with the subset of the design entities. The portion of the circuit design is then simulated using the netlist.

Inventors: Southgate; Timothy J. (Redwood City, CA)

Assignee: Altera Corporation

International Classification: G06F 9/445 (20060101); G06F 17/50 (20060101); G06F 017/50 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018