Field programmable gate array (FPGA) circuits have been used for decades in a variety of fields from aerospace to telecommunications. We’re going to explain what FPGA hardware emulation is, what it’s used for, and explain the difference between hardware and software emulation.
FPGAs can be programmed and reprogrammed to simulate different platforms. An FPGA circuit is cheaper and has lower power consumption than other types of integrated circuits..
FPGA hardware emulation has also found its way into consumer goods in recent years through gaming. There are a number of consoles that can copy the gameplay of older video game systems.
While hardware emulation uses components and an FPGA, software emulation works in an entirely different fashion.
The MiSTer FPGA hardware emulation project can give you a better idea of what these unique circuits can do, whether you want to simulate a classic PC or a retro console with accuracy.