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.