Say Hi To Hybrid: ARM Fast Models meet Aldec Emulation

Date: Oct 29, 2015Type: In the News

by Doug Amos

It has been proposed for some time that virtual platforms could be linked to emulation hardware in order to co-verify the software and hardware components of an SoC. However, that proposal now has evolved into hybrid emulation, a practical solution to allow pre-silicon verification and validation of today’s complex SoC designs.

First-rate work by the standards body Accellera and the Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) has given us all Transaction-Level Modeling, or TLM. TLM has enabled us to create a virtual platform of a CPU sub-system, trading off accuracy for speed in order to provide an early target to test software. In the early days, a common obstacle to realizing such virtual platforms was the availability of SystemC models for various components, for example, a new CPU. If none was available then we would lose time generating a trustworthy model, eroding the benefit of early software test.

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Aldec HES™ Co-emulation named a finalist in this year’s ARM® TechCon Innovation Challenge

Date: Oct 29, 2015Type: Release

Henderson, NV – October 29, 2015 - Aldec, Inc., a pioneer in mixed HDL language simulation and hardware-assisted verification solutions for system and ASIC designs, is proud to be named a finalist for Best Software Product in the ARM® TechCon Innovation Challenge for its HES™ Co-emulation solution. With newly added support for ARM Fast Models, HES delivers unprecedented value to software engineers who can benefit from combined speed of emulation and virtual prototyping.

“Standard SoC blocks are typically simulated in the virtual platform separately from custom IPs, but our hardworking engineers have helped bridge this gap,” said Krzysztof Szczur, Aldec hardware technical support manager. “In the words of famous sports journalist, Howard Cosell, ‘The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give’. In this sense, we have achieved our ultimate victory in delivering HES-DVM™ and its integration with ARM Fast Models, an unprecedented hybrid verification platform for SoC designs and embedded software bring-up.”


Reader’s Choice Winner to be Announced at ARM TechCon

ARM TechCon Innovation finalists, chosen by a panel of EDN/EE Times editors and ARM experts, will now face a Reader’s Choice Vote in the categories of Best Software Product, Best Chip Product, Best System, and Best IoT Product. Winners will be announced at ARM TechCon, November 10-12, 2015 in Santa Clara, Calif. Aldec engineers will also be on hand at ARM TechCon Booth #623 to demonstrate HES’s hybrid emulation capability.


About Aldec Hardware Emulation Solutions (HES)

HES-7™ provides SoC/ASIC hardware verification and software validation teams with a high-performance, scalable, and multi-purpose FPGA-based platform. HES-7, including HES-DVM, is used in labs worldwide for tasks including simulation acceleration, emulation, hybrid virtual prototypes, co-emulation, high-speed prototyping, and software validation at MHz speeds. Learn more about Aldec Hardware Emulation Solutions.

To evaluate, please contact sales@aldec.com or call us at (702) 990-4400 or via our worldwide distribution partners.


About Aldec

Established in 1984, Aldec is an industry leader in Electronic Design Verification and offers a patented technology suite including: RTL Design, RTL Simulators, Hardware-Assisted Verification, SoC and ASIC Prototyping, Emulation, Design Rule Checking, Clock Domain Crossing, VIP Transactors, Requirements Lifecycle Management, DO-254 Functional Verification and Military/Aerospace solutions. http://www.aldec.com/


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