Yes, you read the headline correctly and there are no typos in it. For 10 years or more, companies such as EVE have focused their engineering resources on providing high-performance, application-specific validation solutions with the goal to simplify the process of verifying complex SoC designs.
Yes, again –– A tall order, but not impossible, even as the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) reports that the number of processors and the amount of software will double with each semiconductor technology node. This increasing level of SoC complexity demands more feature-rich solutions for hardware and software verification to keep project schedules and resources within reasonable bounds.
And verification providers should comply. The goal, then, is for hardware-assisted verification companies to provide an ecosystem of application-specific, system-level validation tools around their SoC emulation systems that cover the broad spectrum of functions built into complex SoC designs. The key is to build each platform in a way that simplifies the effort of the project design and verification team to setup, run and then debug complex designs. The platforms must also leverage all of the advanced debug facilities in the emulation system.