Electronic Design: Navigating the Hardware-Software Interface in Chip Design

by Insaf Meliane, On Jan 31, 2024

Register-transfer-level (RTL) verification is a critical component to successful chip design.

What you’ll learn:

  • Designing the hardware-software interface.
  • Dealing with “bytes enables” in RTL verification.
  • Automating the HSI design process across the entire dev team.

The hardware-software interface (HSI) holds an important role in chip design, bridging the physical hardware and its software counterpart. It provides integration and performance optimization in complex system-on-chip (SoC) designs. However, issues can still arise with compatibility, timing, synchronization, testing, debugging, performance optimization, reliability, and power management.

Hardware and software engineers seek to balance HSI challenges and requirements. Engineering groups have differing terminologies, though, adding another level of complexity to the project. Consequently, each group of engineers has their own unique areas of concern.

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