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Hardware/Software Co-Verification

Authored on: Feb 6, 2006 by Ross Nelson

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You've probably been there: clever detective work leads you to a small change in the HDL for your embedded processor-based design. Now you just have to run synthesis, place and route, and darn... you suddenly realize it will be another day before you can see the result.

Large devices allow you to stuff a whole system into the FPGA, but debugging these complex systems with limited visibility—and a one-day turnaround—can consume weeks of your precious time.

Hardware/software co-verification has been successfully applied to complex ASIC designs for years. Now available to FPGA designers, Seamless FPGA from Mentor Graphics brings together the debug productivity of both a logic simulator and a software debugger. Seamless FPGA co-verification enables you to remove synthesis and place and route from the design iteration loop, while yielding performance gains 1,000 times faster than logic simulation.

Reprinted with permission from Xcell Journal / Third Quarter 2005. Article © Xcell Journal.

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