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A smoothly upgradable approach to virtual emulation of HW/SW systems

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4 Author(s)
Borgatti, M. ; DEIS, Bologna Univ., Italy ; Rambaldi, R. ; Gori, G. ; Guerrieri, R.

This article presents a novel approach to the high-level system verification problem based on a hybrid hardware/software virtual emulation tool. Unavailable components or sub-systems are physically replaced on a prototype board by FPGAs whose electrical behavior is driven by software simulations of high-level description models. Such a prototype can smoothly evolve towards the final system as soon as the unavailable parts or the components under manufacturing become available. The simultaneous use of prototyping techniques such as field-programmable circuit boards with software simulation significantly improve the usefulness of our framework. A low-cost verification environment, with multiprocessing and multilanguage capabilities currently in use at University of Bologna, is described

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Rapid System Prototyping, 1996. Proceedings., Seventh IEEE International Workshop on

Date of Conference:

19-21 Jun 1996