Lauro Rizzatti, EVE USA
EETimes (9/21/2010 12:19 PM EDT)
SoC design teams are desperate to find solutions to the verification nightmare. Solutions come in abundance, but not all are what they claim. A situation so outrageous it takes a new and versatile approach to solve it; for example, high-performance FPGA prototyping platforms.These days, the C in SoC could stand for "complexity" and not "chip" due to the explosion of embedded software just as design teams juggle hundreds of millions – or even billions – of gates. Several design teams currently budgeting for their next project have calculated that the software portion of a system on chip (SoC) is on an annual growth rate of 140 percent. Hardware is expanding at approximately 40 percent year to year. All this goes on as the time-to-market budget condenses and verification nightmares grow.
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