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Virtutech’s Software creates Hardware

Well, not quite – but close. Here’s what I mean: Software virtual prototypes can be used to verify hardware designs before the hardware even exists. So what, you say? That’s been possible for years. But did you know that newer virtual models allow the software engineers to tweak memory size and processor-memory interconnects in order to optimize their applications run time and power usage. These “tweaks” can then be fed-back to the hardware team to optimize the SOC – before the SoC has been produced. Before the first respin!

For a case in point, consider Virtutech’s recent announcement concerning the Freescale QorIQ P4080 multicore process, one that won’t even be available until later this year. Virtual models of the processor SoC, created using Virtutech’s Simics tool, are being used now by direct processor customers and even their customers. The feedback from these software teams will help verify and even change the design of the final SoC.

Thanks to Michel Genard, Virtutech Vice president of Marketing, for explaining the importance of this emerging process in the hardware-dominated world of EDA tools and chip design. Watch for more coverage soon.

One Response to “Virtutech’s Software creates Hardware”

  1. John Blyler Says:

    Caught your post today. VaST has been finding the same thing but the interesting part is that it goes beyond just tweaking memory. The software teams at automotive and mobile phone systems developers are using VaST prototypes to design and test their software. You might want to talk to Jeff Roane at VaSt to see how deep they’ve gone.
    It’s the reason they don’t consider themselves part of EDA anymore. They’ve gone way beyond the chip. — Anon

    JB: See Ed Sperling’s recent interview with VaST.

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