Enterprise prototyping bridges the gap between emulation and desktop prototyping
SoC design teams are tasked with completing full system-level verification before creating expensive production masks. While simulation dominates in the early stages of a design, its utility is limited to circuit blocks due to performance. Once full-chip verification begins, greater speed is needed to handle the enormous number of tests required to provide full coverage. Emulation has taken on the bulk of this burden, while desktop prototype units have primarily helped software developers to prove out their application code.
Recently, the need to bridge the gap between the power of an emulator and the performance of a prototyping system has arisen. This bridge is called enterprise prototyping because it blends characteristics of emulation and desktop prototyping to address new use cases that offload emulators in the data center environment. This allows a verification team to bulk up its high-speed hardware-based verification resources while optimizing total cost of ownership. Together, emulation, enterprise prototyping and desktop prototyping can bring an SoC to market more quickly and with greater confidence in the correctness of the silicon.
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