VirtualBridge adapter for Palladium Z1 emulator reduces software bring-up time

Claimed to accelerate software bring-up time by up to three months, the VirtualBridge Adapter enables a new virtual emulation use model for the Palladium Z1 Enterprise Emulation Platform. It increases debug efficiency, say Cadence Design Systems.

The VirtualBridge Adapter is a virtual emulation technology that accelerates software bring-up in pre-silicon verification versus register transfer level (RTL) simulation. The VirtualBridge Adapter allows software engineers to start pre-silicon verification tasks with the Cadence Palladium Z1 Enterprise Emulation platform up to three months earlier, says Cadence, complementing the traditional in-circuit emulation (ICE) use model. 

The VirtualBridge Adapter is available from Cadence as a software add-on to the Palladium Z1 platform. The adapter expands the customer’s use model and enables teams to extract the most value out of their hardware investment, says the company. It allows engineers to interface virtually with peripherals, providing the flexibility to run jobs without physical constraints, and improving debug efficiency by augmenting physical debug with virtual debug capabilities for repeatable debug and controlled error injection. By distributing verification tasks between in-circuit and virtual emulation and smooth integration with other Cadence tools, such as Palladium Hybrid, design teams can maximise hardware investments and reduce overall software bring-up time.

Virtual emulation is a key capability for software-driven hardware verification and system validation, and the VirtualBridge Adapter, when coupled with the Palladium Z1 emulator, enables users to shorten development cycles to bring products to market quickly.

The VirtualBridge Adapter supports Cadence’s System Design Enablement strategy, which enables system and semiconductor companies to create complete, differentiated end products more efficiently. It extends the Cadence Verification Suite which is comprised of core engines and verification fabric technologies that increase design quality and throughput, fulfilling verification requirements for a variety of applications and vertical segments.

Cadence software, hardware and semiconductor IP help customers develop differentiated products—from chips to boards to systems—in mobile, consumer, cloud data centre, automotive, aerospace, Internet of Things (IoT), industrial and other market segments and reduce time-to-market.


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