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Simulating embedded systems

Posted: 01 Mar 1996     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:simulation tools  simulators  software simulation 

Author Kenneth F. Greenberg, president of California Advanced Software Tools, Inc., writes:

I can't tell you how many times I've heard the following statement from embedded systems developers: "Simulation? No, we don't use it because it's too slow." While simulation may not be the fastest tool available to developers, there are some things it does better than any other environment. All it takes is one serious bug caught with a simulator, and you've significantly reduced your time-to-market--a pretty big advantage for your company to be trading off against the extra few minutes a day it actually takes to run a simulation. In this article, I'll show you where simulation fits in your arsenal of debugging tools, what simulators are really good at, and what kind of capabilities to look for when choosing a simulation tool.

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