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Using Virtual Platforms for Pre-Silicon Software Development

Meeting the challenges of software-dominated design projects Recent market research indicates that today, the development effort for software running on 90nm and below has already surpassed the effort for the hardware development. It is the software which dominates and has become the bottleneck. In addition, low power and multi-core design requirements further complicate the software development process. Not only has software become the key functional differentiator in many areas, its development now determines project success. If the software is late, the chip running it cannot be sold. Virtual Platforms are a solution for addressing slipping schedules in software-dominated chip designs. They allow pre-silicon software development and also link effectively to verification and power analysis.

This FREE white paper from Synopsys illustrates how to use virtual platforms for pre-silicon software development. The paper describes examples of several virtual platforms, different use models and emerging standards that will make their utilization more pervasive.

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