How to setup a SystemVerilog UVM project in Sigasi

Posted on 2017-12-06 by Hendrik Eeckhaut
Last modified on 2020-01-31
Tagged as: Sigasi StudioSystemVerilogUVM

Setting up a regular SystemVerilog project in Sigasi Studio is easy. While UVM, the Universal Verification Methodology , complicates everything, Sigasi Studio simplifies that set up. In this blog post I will demonstrate how to use UVM in a Sigasi project.

As an example I will show how to open the UBUS project that is shipped with the reference implementation of UVM  in Sigasi Studio.

The procedure consists of 10 simple steps:

  1. Download the reference implementation of UVM 
  2. Unpack the sources on your disk (e.g. to /Users/heeckhau/demo/uvm-1.2)
  3. Import the UBUS sources in Sigasi:
    1. Select File > Open Project from File System…, click Directory… and browse to the location of the UBUS source files (in my case this is /Users/heeckhau/demo/uvm-1.2/examples/integrated/ubus).
    2. Click Finish
  4. Right click the project (ubus), and select Configure > Add (System)Verilog support
  5. Make sure the project has a Common Libraries folder. If this folder is missing, right click the project and select New > Folder. Keep ubus as the parent folder and enter Common Libraries as the Folder name. Optionally you can select this folder to be a Virtual Folder under the Advanced » section.
  6. Use your files system explorer (Windows Explorer, Finder, Nautilus) and navigate to the UVM sources (in my case this is /Users/heeckhau/demo/uvm-1.2/src/) and drag and drop this folder into the Common Libraries folder1 of the ubus project.
    Select Link to file and folders and OK
    Link the UVM sources
  7. Add the uvm sources to the build: right click on Common Libraries/src/ and select Add to build (library work)
  8. Add the UVM sources to the include path: right click the project and select Properties > (System)Verilog Preprocessor; enter Common Libraries/src as Include path and confirm with Apply and Close.
    Set UVM include path
  9. Open examples/ by double clicking the file in the project explorer. Notice the error markers on the `includes.
  10. Click on the error marker in the margin (with the small light bulb) and select Add sv to include paths. This automatically adds the sv folder to the include paths.

Your Sigasi Studio UVM project is now ready for use. Feel free to experiment with hovers, open declaration (F3), find references and autocomplete (Ctrl+Space).

UVM interface example hover
UVM open declaration


  1. We recommend to add the UVM sources to the Common Libraries folder, because sources in this folder are treated as read-only library files. These files are not checked for errors and are not send to external compilers for analysis More info↩︎

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