Less time to deliver these complex designs, the importance of delivering a first-time correct design and earlier hardware/software integration is becoming a priority in the product design cycle. One way to achieve the goal of a first-time correct hardware design is to use board level functional simulation. The Mentor Graphics Seamless co-verification tool can be used in the board level simulation environment to perform hardware/software co-verification before the first physical prototype boards arrive in the lab. This not only provides earlier hardware/software integration testing, but also provides earlier and greater visibility of any problems that may arise during that integration.

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