Simulation and Emulation using GreenPAK Designer

Simulation and Emulation using GreenPAK Designer

Basic Blocks and Functions

Emulation is available for all GreenPAK parts and Simulation is available on many GreenPAK ICs.

Figure 1 Toolbar in GreenPAK designer

When developing a design it’s important to be able to quickly test the functionality. GreenPAK Designer makes debugging effective and easy.

There are two ways to quickly check your design:

  1. Simulation
  2. Emulation

Simulation simulates the operation of the circuit in conditions depictive of reality without the need of a physical IC. It should be kept in mind that simulation can’t provide for all the nuances of a real-world system.

Emulation allows, with the presence of a demo board and the GreenPAK chip, to check the operation of your design directly in the hardware without permanently programming a part. This allows you to quickly make changes to the project and use your emulation to check your guesswork.

  1. If the design is ready for debug select the Debug button (Figure 1) to go to the emulation/simulation selection menu.
  2. Next, select the platform with which you want to check your design (Figure 2).

    Figure 2 Platform Selection Menu

  3. After selecting a platform, go to the debug menu, where further actions will be suggested depending upon the platform you choose (Figure 3).
  4. If you need to change the platform, you can do this at any time by selecting Change platform (Figure 3). 

Figure 3 Debugging Menu

 

 

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