By Michel Genard
Within our blog series, we frequently refer to functional simulation as a requisite to do things that aren't possible in the real world when working on a physical board and a cross development system to develop embedded software. By using simulation, you’re transported to a novel dimension where, because of the control over time, you can become Neo from the movie The Matrix and pull off clever and powerful tricks.
However, access to this dream requires you to have a model of your hardware system (i.e. virtual platform). Alas, these types of artifacts are not always at one's disposal soon enough or available at an affordable price point. This in turn, might initially seem like a major roadblock from using simulation and hence cause someone to give up any dreams of fundamentally changing how they develop software. To help users overcome any hesitations and achieve a new development paradigm, we are introducing an update to the core simulator of Wind River Simics.