Hardware/Software Co-Verification Technology

Embedded systems rely on a close, integrated relationship between software and hardware. However, in a traditional embedded systems design cycle, hardware and software are often developed separately, then integrated after the hardware has been built. Not surprisingly, often the hardware and software do not work correctly together the first time. In many cases the real software and integration debugging begins only after the hardware has been built. This debug and integration can take up to half of the project schedule. To remedy this problem, Mentor Graphics, in partnership with Microtec, has developed the Seamless Co-Verification Environment (CVE). Seamless CVE enables designers to link software execution to the hardware simulation and co-simulate the hardware and software. Software integration can be started much earlier in the design cycle, without having to wait for the hardware prototype to be built.

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