Cadence Design Systems has announced the Cadence® Helium™ Virtual and Hybrid Studio, a platform that accelerates the creation of virtual and hybrid prototypes of complex systems. The Helium Studio enables early software bring-up for hardware-software co-verification and co-debug, provides comprehensive support for platform assembly, enables the creation and debug of virtual models and offers a rich library of pre-built virtual models and hybrid adapters. Using the system, verification with a virtual or hybrid model of the SoC is not just orders of magnitude faster than verification with a pure RTL model, it enables early software bring-up before the RTL is available.
The platform natively integrates with the Cadence verification engines, including the Palladium™ Z2 Enterprise Emulation Platform, the Protium™ X2 Enterprise Prototyping Platform and Xcelium™ Logic Simulator. Further, it accelerates system development by verifying embedded software/firmware on pure virtual and hybrid configurations even when the RTL is not ready.
Engineers creating next-generation designs, including for mobile, automotive and hyperscale computing applications, need to validate software on a pre-silicon platform to ensure design success and to meet time-to-market schedules. The Helium Studio allows designers to build high-quality virtual and hybrid SoC models. Through the native integration of the runtime software engine with the Helium Studio, the Palladium Z2 platform and the Protium X2 platform, the Helium Studio provides software developers with a uniform debug experience from virtual model to RTL.