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.