Better Software. Faster! A Virtual Prototyping Case Study From Kyocera Document Solutions

New chapter details how virtual prototypes were used for multi-function printer SoC.


From time to time I like to use this blog to provide you with an update about the “Better Software. Faster!” book that illustrates the best practices in virtual prototyping. This time, I am happy to announce that Mamoru Kani-san, senior manager, R&D department 22, software 2 R&D division of the corporate software development division of Kyocera Document Solutions, wrote a new case study for the book. Kyocera’s case study explains how its software team leveraged virtual prototypes to develop device drivers for the DesignWare IP in their multi-functional printer SoC.

The book explains the use of virtual prototypes to accelerate software development tasks. Kyocera’s virtual prototype usage is an exact example of this. In the case study, Kani-san explains the importance of having transaction level models available for the main pieces of IP in their multi-functional printer SoC. The availability of TLM-2.0 LT models for their ARM and DesignWare IP helped Kani-san’s team to create a virtual prototype quickly and enabled them to focus on specific software development tasks.

Kani-san goes on to explain how the virtual prototype allowed his software team to complete 86% of the USB tests that they normally do with real hardware. The remaining software was mostly related to the USB PHY and typically done with real hardware.

Figure 1: Kyocera Document Solutions VDK for software development.

You can read this case study and others by downloading the “Better Software. Faster!” book for free here.