Monthly Archives: June 2013

What’s more expensive than designing a new handset, tablet or mobile device? Verification! With the design tools available today, even a small team can design a device like a smart-phone from a commodity off-the-shelf components. These aren’t physical components mind you, this is silicon IP or intellectual property, and it’s how tremendously successful companies like ARM, Marvell and others sell their technology to Apple, Samsung and LG without ever physically building anything. With today’s tools, you can design the system the same way you might design a flow-chart in Power-point, drag and drop, plug and play… A little LCD screen here, a wireless radio there, memory-controller, flash card, keypad and of course a CPU. But how does one know this system is going to work? The entire system needs to be verified – and the only way to do that is to run it. This isn’t a logical (or functional…

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