Quickturn updates CoBALT

Quickturn updates CoBALT
Richard Ball Quickturn has updated CoBALT, its high-end hardware emulation equipment. The system offers several improvements including more memory and better links to simulation tools. These improve the way the emulator accelerates a design’s simulation. Regression tests can run at up to 20kHz, the company claims. The emulator uses an array of custom processors to emulate a system, rather than using FPGAs like the company’s System Realizer products. “CoBALT fits well within a synchronous design methodology,” said Shabtay Matalon, director of product marketing at Quickturn. Although aimed at large designs, the system can also undertake several smaller ones simultaneously. “No other emulator can run multiple designs concurrently,” said Matalon. The system emulates up to eight million gates of logic. Originally targeted at microprocessor design, CoBALT is also being used by telecoms and multimedia companies, Matalon said.


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