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By Jason Andrews

Hardware/software co-verification is the way to ensure that embedded process software program works accurately with the undefined, and that the has been competently designed to run the software program effectively -before huge sums are spent on prototypes or production. this can be the 1st ebook to use this verification strategy to the speedily turning out to be box of embedded systems-on-a-chip(SoC). As conventional embedded procedure layout evolves into single-chip layout, embedded engineers has to be armed with the mandatory info to make trained judgements approximately which instruments and technique to set up. SoC verification calls for a mixture of services from the disciplines of microprocessor and computing device structure, common sense layout and simulation, and C and meeting language embedded software program. earlier, the correct info on the way it all matches jointly has now not been on hand. Andrews, a famous specialist, offers in-depth information regarding how co-verification relatively works, easy methods to be triumphant utilizing it, and pitfalls to prevent. He illustrates those techniques utilizing concrete examples with the ARM middle - a know-how that has the dominant marketplace percentage in embedded procedure product layout. The better half CD-ROM comprises all resource code utilized in the layout examples, a searchable book model, and worthwhile layout instruments. * the single ebook on verification for systems-on-a-chip (SoC) out there* Will store engineers and their businesses time and cash by way of displaying them the best way to accelerate the trying out method, whereas nonetheless keeping off expensive blunders* layout examples use the ARM center, the dominant expertise in SoC, and the entire resource code is integrated at the accompanying CD-Rom, so engineers can simply use it of their personal designs

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The world of embedded system design continues to integrate more and more functionality into larger semiconductor devices, and the inclusion of microprocessors presents new challenges for SoC hardware and software engineers. Vendors selling chips to the SoB market provide value and differentiation in one of two areas, either high-performance or high-integration. High performance chips are the latest and greatest chips with the fastest clock rates. Many embedded systems require maximum processor performance to meet design requirements.

29 Chapter 2 Simulation Acceleration refers to the process of mapping the synthesizable portion of the design into a hardware platform specifically designed to increase performance by evaluating HDL constructs in parallel. Verilog and VHDL are inherently parallel languages since they are used to describe hardware operations that involve many concurrent operations. This parallelism is what makes them different from the sequential nature of most software programming languages. Simulation acceleration takes advantage of this parallelism.

Again, software is the primary differentiator of the product. These projects have the following hardware design characteristics: ■ Hardware design is minimized (to get the product to market quickly) ■ Hardware uses high-integration microprocessors or off-the-shelf boards An example of this type of design is a piece of hospital equipment I recently saw for monitoring brain waves. The solution used a Windows PC with some custom hardware to connect the PC to a set of probes. Likely, most of the work to produce the product was in the software that was running on the PC to produce useful results for doctors and nurses.

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