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The Challenge Of Optimizing Chip Architectures For Workloads


It isn't possible to optimize a workload running on a system just by looking at hardware or software separately. They need to be developed together and intricately intertwined, an engineering feat that also requires bridging two worlds with have a long history of operating independently. In the early days of computing, hardware and software were designed and built by completely separate team... » read more

Accelerating Software Development With Fast Virtual Prototypes


Most of today's largest semiconductor devices are highly complex system on chip (SoC) designs, which means that they include one or more embedded processors. This indicates that software provides some of the key functionality of the chip. The system cannot be fully verified or validated without both hardware and software. However, software development generally takes more time and resources to ... » read more

Will Top-Down Hardware/Software Co-Design Ever Happen?


Hardware/software co-design has been talked about, and predicted to be a problem, for at least two decades now. Why has the hardware/software development world not come to an end? In 1999, Wilf Corrigan—LSI Logic’s CEO at the time—said that the most pressing need for new EDA tools was a better methodology that would “allow software developers to begin software verification more near the... » read more