Downloadable, free e-book on hardware/software co-design and virtual prototyping

March 27, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
“Better Software. Faster!” shares best practices from more than 10 contributing companies on the topic of advanced software development with virtual prototypes.

Synopsys has announced the publication of “Better Software. Faster!”, calling it a practical guide for using virtual prototypes to develop, test and debug software up to 12 months before hardware availability. The text;

• Includes case studies from mobile, consumer, industrial and automotive companies that are highly experienced using virtual prototypes for software development and hardware/software integration

• Provides 200 pages of practical guidelines on how virtual prototypes enable concurrent hardware and software development, test and debug up to 12 months before hardware availability

• Is written to help developers and managers better understand software development methods that will result in products with higher quality and reliability, and reduce costs

Virtual prototypes are fast, fully functional software models of systems that execute unmodified production code and provide development, debug and analysis efficiency, which mitigate software development challenges, increase productivity, resulting in better products faster.

The book contains contribuitons from Synopsys, Altera, Lauterbach, Fujitsu, Hitachi America, Linaro, Ricoh, Microsoft, VDC Research, Bosch, and Siemens, bringing together input from EDA vendor, software tools providers and SoC designers.

The title follows earlier publications by Synopsys Press (, including the "Verification Methodology Manual for Low Power" (VMM-LP) and the "FPGA-based Prototyping Methodology Manual" (FPMM).

For the cost of completing a survey for Synopsys, you can download a free eBook edition at