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Improving the Embedded Intel Architecture Design Process with Simics

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Executive Summary

Embedded system design can be a challenging and lengthy process due to complexity introduced by system, hardware and software interactions and unique design constraints. The products often use non-standard components, adopt unique form factors and have the requirements to sustain/validate customized OS/software/drivers. The products often have a very long life cycle compared to desktop/laptop counterparts. Some products are required to run non-stop for many years without any maintenance shutdowns. This paper introduces a full system simulation technology that can help embedded IA designers tackle these problems. The technology can improve all phases of product life cycle and help designers take products to market sooner with higher quality and allow product teams provide better sustaining support many years after launch.

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