Marrying high-performance hardware with "smart" applications will make emulators workhorses for addressing complex system-level design verification challenges.
DVCon, a conference for design and verification engineers, kicks off next week in San Jose, California. At this conference, hardware emulation will be a much-discussed topic in the program and in hallway conversations.
After three decades of somewhat slow, but steady, progress in hardware emulation technology, its future looks bright for accelerated advancements and expectations of new developments. Over the past 30 years, hardware emulators have evolved both in terms of hardware and the supporting software. A quick scan through hardware specifications of a typical emulator of the late 1980s compared with today's best-in-class reveals that improvements of several characteristics have reached a factor of about 1,000 times.
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