Majority of the systems being designed today are embedded systems that consist of standard and custom hardware as well as standard and custom software. As the EDA vendors focused on tools and methodologies for automation of hardware design, the effects of the software as a component of the system have been largely ignored. While it is possible to execute microscopic amounts of software on the simulated hardware, the performance and usability of current generation of tools is grossly inadequate for true hardware/software coverification.

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