Merging of EDA tools and hardware test platforms
he extremely competitive environment in which electronics companies work now is shown by how nextgeneration communication protocols are barely labeled as standards before they can be seen in the market. For instance, the 802.11ac solutions have already been brought out by Broadcom situations like these, companies go all out to get a jumpstart on the competition, and what better way to do this than to merge design and testing in order to accelerate the ‘time to market’.
Adesh Jain, applications consultant at Agilent Technologies, explains why the traditional method is slow: “Traditionally, for any complete electronic product to be ready for the market, each compo tools, then prototypes are fabri product is released to the market. If discrepancies are found in the hardware at later stages, the whole cycle has to be repeated, which would result in loss of time as well as money for any organisation.”
Proper verification at earlier stages reduces this time and effort to a great extent. The tests, specs, algorithms and plots used in the early stages of EDA are the same as measured on the test bench. The aim is to merge both the worlds and see if it is possible to save the design engi and thus improve productivity while reducing the time to get the product out to the market.