Simulation is no longer up to the task of system-level verification, but making the switch to hardware-assisted verification can lead to some surprises if you do not fully plan ahead.
Emulation is emerging as the tool of choice for complex and large designs, but companies that swap from simulation to emulation increasingly recognize this is not an easy transition. It requires money, time, and effort, and even then not everyone gets it right.
Still, there are significant benefits to moving from simulation to emulation, providing these systems can be utilized efficiently enough to warrant the investment. HDL simulation, which has been the industry workhorse for functional verification since the dawn of the semiconductor industry…
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