About Virtual Prototyping

The integration of increasingly complex hardware and software is a significant challenge for semiconductor and OEM companies developing next-generation wireless, consumer and automotive devices. Traditional methods of serialized hardware and software development - where the vast majority of software is developed and verified after the silicon design is complete–often fail to meet aggressive product development schedules.

Virtual prototyping results in faster time-to-market through earlier and faster software development and improved communication throughout the supply chain. They enable software engineers to start development months before the hardware design is complete, enabling full system bring-up to occur within days of silicon availability. Virtual prototypes are fast, fully functional software models of complete systems that execute unmodified production code and provide unparalleled debug efficiency.

Key Benefits

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Embedded Software Development

Start before hardware is available (even pre-RTL)

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Increased Productivity

Powerful debug and analysis tools boost developers, test and verification teams eficiency

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Easy Deployment

Enhanced communication enabling suppliers and customers’ concurrent development

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Optimized Implementation

Semiconductor and electronics companies enabled by Synopsys tools, methodologies and services

Explore Virtual Prototyping Tools and Services

Synopsys' virtual prototyping solution includes Platform Architect™,  Virtualizer™ and the industry's largest portfolio of transaction-level models (TLMs) for creating virtual prototypes, Virtualizer Development Kits (VDKs) for early software development, and services to ensure project success.

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Application Markets

Synopsys Virtual Prototyping solution


The Synopsys Virtual Prototyping solution provides a fully virtual environment supporting the automotive model-based design methodologies. It enables automotive semiconductor, tier one and OEM companies to deploy a more efficient development environment for early hardware/software development, integration and test as well as provide a simplified reference executable environment for the co-verification and validation phase.

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Wireless Handsets

From feature phones to smartphones and tablets, semiconductor and mobile handset companies are faced with the need to bring compelling product to market faster. New functionality requirements are often achieved through software directly impacting the hardware required to support it. The Synopsys Virtual Prototyping solution enables wireless development teams to start embedded software development early, develop, integrate and test the software in a more efficient environment as well as optimize their design for key concerns such as power consumption and performance.

Consumer Products

Functionality demands in consumer products are increasing to meet customer expectations on a wide variety of products such as video players, digital cameras to digital TV, set-top box and printers. The complexity of the hardware and software content is challenging traditional development approaches. At the same time consumer products are subject to stringent time-to-market and competitive pricing requirements. With the Synopsys Virtual Prototyping solution semiconductor and electronic products companies perform concurrent hardware and software development as well as deploy more efficient software integration and test environments. The result is reduced development costs and on-time product delivery.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Synopsys Virtualizer enabled us to start the development of OS boot code and validation of driver software five months ahead of the original schedule"

Naoya Morita


Embedded Platform Development Department at Ricoh Company, Ltd


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