Next Generation System Design--Platforms versus Tool-Chains
This paper will enumerate the benefits of a platform-based system design approach. The original electronic design process built by linking tools together has remained largely unchanged for decades. Companies doing electronics design continue to design products by cobbling together a collection of tools to create what is commonly referred to as the "tool-chain". Multiple independent tool-chains are typically implemented for FPGA, PCB and embedded software development. Many of these tools are not even from the same vendor.