The Differences Between Hardware Design and Software Development

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Escaped bugs in hardware are much more expensive than bugs in software.

The mantra for all hardware design is "right the first time" – as once the product has shipped, it can't be changed. To support this, designers require comprehensive testing and verification tools, which are typically very expensive: Companies spend on average tens of thousands of dollars per engineer on hardware tools. This isn't the case with software development. Developers often use a combination of tools, leveraging both inexpensive, commercially available solutions as well as free, open source options. As a result, companies spend on average only a few thousand dollars per developer on software testing tools.

If you talk to anyone with a smartphone or a laptop, you'll inevitably hear them gripe about the "slow software" or the "spinning wheel." But do they complain about the processor or other chips in the device? Not likely. Software is usually the scapegoat, due in part to how it is developed as compared to how the hardware is designed. Andreas Kuehlmann, senior vice president of R&D at Coverity, a leading provider of software quality and testing solutions, has outlined just a few of the key differences between hardware design and software development. Read on to learn more.


Related Topics : Vulnerabilities and Patches, Resellers, Broadcom, Broadband Services, Supercomputing

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