If I were to study the astrological charts for the week of February 29, I’d see many of the planets aligning around DVCon, the center of our verification universe. As always, it will be a special week chock full of topics related to verification. Tutorials, paper sessions, panels and exhibits should keep all attendees energized as they learn about advances in technologies, methodologies and deployment modes to make their professional lives easier.
Our verification tool universe keeps expanding and will be on full display at DVCon. Lately, I’ve been hearing reports that “apps” may be coming to hardware emulation … and why not? What’s good enough for software should be good for hardware as well, especially when it will save time, improve performance and help a verification engineer avoid risk.
As we’ve learned, in emulation, hardware alone is no longer the differentiating factor and, hence, the introduction of apps. As the apps transformed a mobile phone into a smart phone, so would hardware with an operating system running specific applications transform a hardware emulation platform into a verification hub and drive new use models, greatly reducing risk and improving performance.