In this article Tom De Schutter from Synopsys describes the shift left of the software development schedule and the availability of quality software through the use of virtual prototyping has been so dramatic that software availability, in a lot of cases, is no longer the long pole in the tent when it comes to releasing a new SoC.

Given the increased importance of software driven use cases and the explosion of software that has to run on a SoC, verifying the hardware in the context of the software has become the critical path.

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