Companies like Intel, HP, and Apple that produce devices we use every day are under pressure to turn out new products at a rapid pace. In order to get their consumer goods to market quickly, many tech companies begin production on new hardware and the software that will run in it at the same time. But how will the programmers or microprocessor manufacturers know if their hardware or software will work in a product still under development? The answer is by virtual prototyping. This solution, however, poses other questions. Will a program run the same on the finished device as it did on its virtual counterpart? Will individual components perform as predicted?
Founded in 2012, Virtual Device Technologies (VDT) is a Portland State University Business Accelerator company-in-residence with the answers to such questions. VDT offers customers a way to develop customized virtual prototypes of their technologies using innovative computer-aided design and engineering software that ensures one-to-one correspondence between virtual prototypes and their real-world counterparts. The technology VDT bases its products and services on leaped from lab to market with funding provided in part by a grant from the Portland State University Venture Development Fund.
That proprietary technology was developed in the lab of VDT co-founder Dr. Fie Xie, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science at PSU. With their innovations in virtual prototyping, VDT is revolutionizing hardware/software co-development flows and significantly reducing product time-to-market for devices and systems. The AVP Studio, VDT’s flagship product allows users to analyze software and hardware for systemic and localized flaws without the time and cost of building physical devices.
As our technologies have become more complex over the past several decades, the capital and human resources required to develop hardware and software has skyrocketed. The services offered by VDT have the potential to drastically cut those costs and reduce the time it takes companies like Intel, HP, and Apple to bring new products to market.
Authored by Shaun McGillis
Posted February 13, 2013