Imagine a game that requires not a $100 console, requires not a net or hoop, requires not a certain type of field but all it requires is something in the shape of a sphere. This is precisely the imagination which provides soccer as the most popular sport in the world. Whichever country you go to, whether it is a developed country like America or a poverty struck nation like Zimbabwe, you will always find people playing soccer.Soccer does not need anything fancy, just one ball and anything for goals and then anyone, no matter what skill level can join in and have fun. Even when not playing, watching soccer is fantastic, you witness players out their giving it their all but above all having fun. You see the fans in the stadiums singing their hearts out, players not giving up till the final whistle blows; is this not the beautiful game of soccer?Another reason is that it is loved by the modern world, the media and those who want fame and riches alike. Soccer produces some great revenue for the media with popular figures like David Beckham. And these days players can earn $20,000 a week easily by playing in a top league. In addition to this it’s a great, easy and fun method of recreation and exercise, the youth and elderly alike can take part in it. You can go to a different country with a different language but still understand each other by playing football!Not only those, practically every country in the world can participate in the grand soccer competitions, whether they are continental or even the great world cup competition. And every person in the world can push their nation forward, hoping for victory. It is not so long ago that I traveled briefly through Africa, and an image of two young boys playing football was put before me. They were using long branches and sticks as goals and a ball made of some type of leather and this was in the midst of nowhere. Joining them for a few hours felt like an honour, I could not speak to them directly in their native tongue, still they were clearly understandable and all over the world someone, somewhere will be writing a soccer blog!The game is loved so much worldwide precisely because it is the language we all speak.Nothing special is needed for soccer; anyone can play it if they wish to do so. Everything associated with soccer is so simple and beautiful; that is what makes it the game we all love.
Chip designers are under constant pressure to enhance performance of chips while simultaneously minimizing cost. One way to achieve this is by speeding up the verification process – as verification constitutes more than 70% of the entire chip design process, embracing tools and technologies that result in faster verification is the need of the hour.The Need for Hardware Assisted Verification ModelsIn order to meet the demands of shortened development cycles, it is essential for hardware and software on a chip to be verified at the same time. Since software development cannot wait till the hardware aspects of the chip are developed, design teams need to adopt a fail-safe way to verify chips will work as intended as soon as the embedded software is run. This requires the design team to create a working prototype for software development as early as possible, and much before the end of the hardware design cycle.Hardware Assisted TechnologyGiven time-to-market pressures, the process of verification has come a long way. For many digital design engineers, there are some compelling reasons for performing hardware-assisted verification. Since performance is key, it is important for verification systems to deliver the highest performance models and environment for SoC verification.• Hardware acceleration techniques help overcome the challenge of meeting the performance requirements for SoC verification.• Writing SystemVerilog testbenches for a specific piece of design can be very laborious, especially while testing the interaction between different blocks.• With hardware-assisted verification, you do not have to write the testbench or worry about how the interfaces will be exercised.• For example, to check if a peripheral device works as intended, you can take a physical or virtual peripheral device, connect it up to the design and then use the device driver for the controller to perform functions to see if the interface works.• As the number of vectors that can be run per second is substantial, you can make sure that the interaction between hardware and software is as expected in shorten span of time• Hardware accelerators allow you to use components like FPGAs to build the hardware platform.• Using embedded test benches, you can perform hardware-assisted verification and virtualize the environment to speed up the verification process.Emulation SystemsWith increases in the size and complexity of today’s SoC devices, verification requires you to conduct massive tests spanning billions of cycles. Using advanced verification technologies like hardware-assisted emulation systems, you can accelerate the verification process and deliver the highest performance possible:• Modern emulation systems encompass a broad portfolio of transactors and memory models that speed up the development of virtual system level verification environments.• Emulation systems offer comprehensive debug with full signal visibility and support advanced use modes including power management verification and hybrid emulation• With emulation, the design-under-test (DUT) is usually represented in the emulator, while the chip’s environment can be provided by connections outside the emulator.• By using virtual bridges in conjunction with virtual test environments, you can connect the DUT through protocol-specific transactors to real devices• In addition, system-level debug components can also be used to understand the high-level behaviour of SoCs.PrototypingAnother way to improve the verification process is to use physical prototyping to meet time-to-market requirements.• By leveraging a hardware assisted system environment, prototyping enables early embedded software development, allowing hardware and software to co-exist well ahead of chip fabrication.• You can shorten design schedules and avoid costly device re-spins through the use of tightly integrated and easy-to-use hardware and tools, and accelerate the process of software development• Hardware-assisted prototyping enables you to eliminate redundant IP prototyping tasks by using pre-tested components and maximize ROI by applying modular systems across multiple projects• You can make your products immediately available using the latest generation of FPGA devices, bypassing the effort and expense of custom-built systemsReduce Verification EffortAlthough as a designer, you may choose different methods for verification, the fact remains that hardware-assisted technology can help you speed the overall verification effort. Hardware-assisted verification reduces the amount of effort – in developing the model as well as in writing the test benches. You not only speed up the verification of the hardware, but also quicken the process of debugging, and ensure faster time-to-market.