Chapter 10

Intel® architecture bring-up

Contributed by Alexey Veselyi and Denis Vladimirov

Chapter 10 describes how Intel® has used Simics for improving the system development workflow. At Intel®, one of the major use cases of Simics is to help software and hardware bring-up, starting from the early pre-silicon stages. With the help of Simics, a functional model of future Intel® hardware can be made available to BIOS and driver developers a year or more ahead of engineering samples. This approach allows development of low-level software, which is very hardware-dependent, in parallel with the development of the hardware. In addition, close collaboration with hardware developers allows the team of Simics engineers to perform a certain amount of ...

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