Emulation in FPGA

Since from many years, emulators were available only to verification teams working on the largest projects in companies with deep enough pockets. Due to size rather than capabilities they were called “Big Box” emulators and typically were used to recover some of the time lost on RTL simulation.

Meanwhile, FPGA technology has been available long enough to mature to the point where FPGA based emulation became available. This article explores the typical differences between FPGA usage in prototyping and emulation and describes the role of emulation in FPGA.

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