Herein is my 2016 prediction: The Electronics Industry will see more hardware emulation experts and specialists this year than ever before due in large measure to the widespread proliferation of hardware emulators. These experts are both hardware designers and software developers –– giving hardware emulation the distinction of being the only verification tool able to make this claim –– as co-verification becomes a way of life for SoC debug. They become proficient emulation users as the tool tracks a bug across software and into the hardware design and the reverse, from the hardware design to the embedded software.
Another reason why we’ll see more experts can be attributed to hardware emulators now being used as datacenter resources, making them more accessible to more users. These efficient tools can be accessed remotely in transaction-based emulation mode or in standalone emulation mode any time anywhere.