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Thorough verification of complex SoC platforms used for 5G wireless, IoT, and AI applications
Every innovation in architecture or IC technology puts more pressure on the functional verification process. The emerging generation of heterogeneous computing platforms is raising the bar for verification yet again. This new approach presents new challenges that must be faced by both device developers and chip users.
System-on-chip (SoC) designs have for some time included heterogeneous processors. Traditional CPUs have grown into multiprocessor subsystems while GPUs and other specialized compute engines have also resided on the same chip. But heterogeneous computing platforms take this architecture two steps further, by also including both FPGA-style programmable logic and software-programmable engines. These features greatly increase the flexibility available to users to implement their desired functionality in hardware, software, or a combination of both.