A View from the Top: A Virtual Prototyping Blog

Archive for 2014

 

Turning on the Virtual Prototyping Hose

Growing up in Belgium, it never occurred to me that rain or for that matter water can be in short supply. Living in California for over 8 years now, I know better. While I still enjoy the fantastic weather in the Bay Area, I do realize the importance of having enough rain and water. Water […]

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3,000 Reasons To Look Into Virtual Prototyping

As announced on Nov. 5, Synopsys virtual prototyping book achieved a remarkable milestone of more than 3,000 copies in distribution to more than 1,000 companies. The success of the book highlights the interest in virtual prototyping as a key methodology to shift left software development. Upon the book’s publication, we received a lot of interest […]

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Gluten-Free Virtual Prototyping

When marketing products, should you emphasize what is included in the product or what is not? These days it seems that for so many foods it has become more important to highlight what is not in the food rather than what is. With sugar free drinks, alcohol free cocktails, gluten free bread and dairy free […]

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Leveraging Virtual Prototypes for Hybrid Emulation

As highlighted in many of my blog posts, virtual prototyping has really established itself as the key methodology to shift left software development by decoupling the dependency of software development from hardware availability. The success of the “Better Software. Faster!” book  illustrates the wide spread interest in the methodology. The success of virtual prototypes has […]

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Just About Enough Virtual Prototyping

While traveling back to California from the U.K., I had a layover in Chicago, which is probably all too familiar to most United Airlines frequent flyer members. Everything went according to schedule until everyone boarded and the plane still didn’t take off. The pilot explained to us that there was a problem with the hatch […]

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Planning for the Unexpected

Last month we undertook a big family trip. My parents, my brother and his family came from Belgium to California and together we embarked on a trip across the North West US. Starting in Silicon Valley we drove via Lake Tahoe and Salt Lake City to Yellowstone. Afterwards we crossed over to Seattle and Portland […]

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Linux and the Big Bad Wolf

Guest blog by Achim Nohl With great interest, I am following any news around the progress of Linaro and the Linux kernel community with regard to addressing all the requirements for an ARMv8 64bit server software stack. Well established standards, such as the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) […]

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IP Accelerated

The recently announced Synopsys IP Accelerated initiative perfectly illustrates how the functionality of a device is equally influenced by the hardware and the software. To enable applications on a particular device to use the interface IP like USB or Ethernet, a software program called a device driver is required to map the generic requests to […]

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Getting to a Connected World, Step By Step

I recently bought myself an activity tracker. The watch-like device keeps track of how many steps I take and how high I climb, such as the amount of vertical feet I “conquer” by taking the stairs. From that it calculates the distance I travel and the amount of calories that I burn in a day. […]

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What Should I Build?

The question in the title has been one of the most asked questions by my son lately. Or as my wife says, his brain is 90% focused on Minecraft and 10% on everything else. For those not familiar with Minecraft, it is a lego-like computer game or as the Minecraft website reads: “Minecraft is a […]

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